The American Automobile Association estimates 33 million motorists will travel on the nation’s roads over the holiday weekend, the highest it’s been in 10 years.
Illinois State Police District 18 Commander Capt. Joseph Kollins reminds motorists to drive safely and to avoid the fatal four; not wearing a seat belt, speeding, driving distracted and driving under the influence.
Last year during the Memorial Day weekend, state troopers removed 147 intoxicated drivers from Illinois roads. This year, State Police again will focus on impaired drivers by using roadside safety checks and roving patrols. Residents can do their part to make travel safer this holiday weekend by designating a driver before going out.
Police also ask motorists to keep their eyes on the road and off the cellphone. State law prohibits the use of electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. Hands-free or Bluetooth technology is allowed for people older than 18. Police ask drivers to watch their speed and buckle up before starting a trip.
“If you choose to drink, be responsible by designating a non-drinking driver — even moderate consumption of alcohol impairs reaction time and driving judgment,” Kollins said.
Over the holiday weekend, beginning today through May 25, District 18 will have increased patrols on interstates and state highways, looking for motorists not abiding by the traffic laws.
“Our main goal each year is to prevent serious injury or fatal collisions from occurring during this Memorial Day weekend,” Kollins said.
Speeding increases chances of losing control of a vehicle and reduces reaction time to respond to potential hazards. Drivers are asked to obey the speed limit and pass only when it’s safe to do so.
Statistics show 43 percent of crash victims found not wearing their seat belt resulted in serious injury or death.