LITCHFIELD — With Memorial Day weekend just a few weeks away, Illinois State Police District 18 troopers are urging motorists to drive with more diligence this year.
With traffic fatalities on the increase for the second year in a row, troopers will be out in full force over the holiday weekend. District 18 Commander Lt. Timothy Tyler reminds motorists to drive safely and to avoid driving under the influence.
The No. 1 factor in fatal crashes is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Over the past few years ISP have removed more than 100 intoxicated drivers each year from Illinois roads during the holiday weekend. This year, ISP will again focus on impaired drivers by using roadside safety checks and roving patrols. Motorists can do their part to make travel safer this holiday weekend by designating a driver before going out.
“We are seeing more fatalities and one way for us to fight the growing number in fatalities is to increase the number of troopers on patrol,” Tyler said. “Letting the motorists know before they go out that they will be seeing us on patrol is our first step. Since the motoring public knows we will be out on patrol, this gives them a chance well in advance to make the responsible decision of having a designated driver. The second step we will be taking is having our troopers patrol more aggressively. When intoxicated motorists take a chance of getting behind the wheel, many times the innocent motorists are the ones that have to pay the price with some type of injury, or even worse, death. One fatality is too many as ISP strives to drive zero fatalities to a reality. Each time we get an intoxicated driver off the road, the safer the roads become for everyone else.”