LITCHFIELD — Illinois State Police District 18 Commander Lt. Timothy Tyler is reminding motorists to make safety their No. 1 priority while driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The holiday weekend is one of the busiest periods for motorists in Illinois. Although state troopers will be out patrolling Illinois roads, it will take a combined effort to ensure a safe holiday weekend.
The ISP encourages motorists to avoid the fatal four. Speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driving and failing to wear a seat belt are the four most common causes of fatal crashes. A driver traveling at a faster speed will cover more ground and have less time to react to a road hazard. Speed is also a factor into the severity of traffic crashes. The ISP will be monitoring speed on Illinois roads, so motorists are asked to watch their speed this holiday weekend.
Alcohol is often present during Labor Day weekend celebrations and it is also a factor in one-third of fatal crashes. The ISP encourages those who will be traveling this holiday weekend to designate a sober driver.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign began concludes Sept. 5. During the campaign,troopers across the state will show zero tolerance for impaired driving and seat belt law violators. Seat belt use remains the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in a crash.
Driving distracted takes motorists’ eyes off the road. Looking at a phone for 5 seconds while traveling at interstate speeds is like driving blindfolded the length of almost two football fields. The ISP will be on the lookout for those driving distracted this holiday weekend.
The key to safe Labor Day holiday travels are to avoid the fatal four; don’t speed, drive sober, limit distractions and buckle up.