COLLINSVILLE – The Illinois State Police is urging motorists to drive safely and avoid the Fatal Four moving violations; speeding, DUI, seat belts and Distracted Driving, this holiday season.
Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the busy holiday driving period. From Wednesday to Sunday, high traffic volumes are expected on roads throughout the state. As traffic volume increases, so do the chances of being involved in a crash.
State troopers will be extra-vigilant during the holiday travel period. Officers will be conducting road side safety checks and participating in additional traffic enforcement details to identify the Fatal Four moving violations. Officers will also be available to provide assistance to motorists experiencing mechanical issues on their way to and from their holiday celebration.
“Troopers in District 11 will be targeting distracted drivers and impaired drivers, utilizing both fully marked and unmarked patrol vehicles this holiday period,” said Interim District 11 Commander Lt. Timothy Tyler. “There is a direct correlation between driving while intoxicated, lack of proper restraint use and reckless operation of an automobile when related to traffic fatalities. Alcohol can impair visual abilities, alter timing and space, and impair fine motor skills needed to safely operate a motor vehicle. We do understand that people are going to drink, but at the same time we ask that you please be responsible and designate a sober driver.”
Along with avoiding the Fatal Four, the ISP would like to remind motorists to “move over.” State law requires motorists approaching an emergency vehicle stopped along the road to reduce their speed, change lanes if possible and proceed with due caution.