Police out in force for holiday: Buckle up, drive sober -- don't text

News-DemocratAugust 30, 2013 

Planning to hit the road this Labor Day weekend?

The Illinois State Police and law enforcement agencies statewide have increased their patrols of the state's roads and interstates in an effort to keep the roads safe during one of the busiest driving holidays nationwide.

Illinois State Police troopers will be watching for motorists who speed, drive while intoxicated, fail to wear a seatbelt or drive distracted by texting while driving. Troopers will also be on heightened alert monitoring intelligence from the Statewide Terrorism Intelligence Center for any suspicious activity, vehicles, special alerts and criminal activity crossing state lines.

"Our goal this Labor Day weekend is to help ensure everyone makes it to and from their destinations safely," said Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Brad Parsons. "Please plan to allow yourself extra time when traveling to avoid speeding, do not text while driving, and, if you choose to drink, do so responsibly and please use a designated driver."

Roadside safety checks are already in effect across the state and will continue through the weekend. During the Labor Day holiday weekend last year, troopers issued 2,651 tickets for speeding, made 91 driving under the influence arrests, wrote citations for 625 seatbelt violations and 45 distracted driver violations.

"Drivers who choose to violate the law and place other motorists and first responders in harm's way face fines and possible jail time," said Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau. "Our troopers will have zero tolerance when it comes to reckless and irresponsible driving behavior."

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