Metro-East News

July 3, 2014

Speeders, beware: State Police to increase patrols over holiday weekend

Metro-east motorists are reminded to be on their best behavior over the holiday weekend by the Illinois State Police.

Joe Kollins, commander of districts 11 and 18, said troopers will be on the roads in force during Independence Day weekend looking for drivers committing one of the "fatal four" traffic violations: speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to wear a seatbelt and distracted driving, including talking on a cellphone.

"Due to the large number of motorists traveling around the holidays, there tends to be an increase in the number of deaths on our highways," Kollins said.

To keep area roads as safe as possible, the Illinois State Police will be increasing their patrols from July 3 through July 6.

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