LITCHFIELD — Illinois State Police District 18 Commander Lt. Timothy Tyler is reminding motorists to take safety precautions to prevent tragedies during the Memorial Day weekend.
The holiday weekend is one of the busiest periods for travelers; millions of motorists are expected to hit roads across the country.
The ISP will be doing its part to keep roads safe for travelers. The ISP will strictly enforce the four most common traffic violations: speeding, DUI, seat belts, and distracted driving.
Motorists can do their part to make travel safer. Those who will be at an event with alcohol should designate a driver. Drivers should keep their eyes on the road and off the cellphone. Unless it’s hands-free, state law prohibits the use of electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Drivers should watch their speed and make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.
Last year, troopers issued 3,309 tickets for speeding violations during the four-day holiday period from Friday to Monday. During the same time period, there were 217 DUI arrests; 961 seatbelt violations; and 164 distracted driver violations.