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Illinois State Police encourage safe driving habits for Labor Day Holiday Weekend

The Labor Day weekend signifies the end of the summer and the last chance for people to get out and enjoy the warm weather. The holiday weekend is one the busiest driving periods and millions of motorists are expected to hit the roadways nationwide. Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, is reminding motorists to make safety their number one priority while driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

This upcoming holiday weekend Troopers will focus their attention on the Fatal 4, those driving behaviors most associated with fatal traffic crashes. These driving behaviors include, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Speeding, Distracted Driving, and Failure to Wear Seat Belts. In addition to the enforcement of the Fatal 4 violations, Troopers will patrol Illinois roadways watching for and assisting stranded motorists.

There will be additional emphasis on DUI offenses over the holiday weekend. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began on August 21st and runs through September 4th. The ISP will have additional Troopers out on the roadways and at Roadside Safety Checks watching for impaired drivers.

Troopers will also be watching for those who fail to slow down and move over. Illinois law requires motorists to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution when approaching a vehicle on the side of the road displaying rotating or flashing lights.

According to Captain Ristvedt, “The overall goal for the ISP this upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, is to ensure the safety of the traveling public on our roadways. This can be accomplished with cooperation between the ISP and the traveling public, through ISP enforcement efforts and safe driving habits of the motorists.”

Motorists can expect increased traffic volumes and should plan to allow extra time when traveling to their destinations. Voluntary compliance to traffic laws will assist in making Labor Day travels a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.