Across the country, an average of one alcohol-related traffic death occurs every 45 minutes. Alcohol and drug impairment are significant factors in more than 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.
COLLINSVILLE — Illinois State Police District 11 officials are reminding young drivers to think responsibly as they celebrate during the upcoming prom and graduation season.
Their primary safety message is in the letters p-r-o-m — Please Return On Monday.
During the next several months, state troopers will conduct high visibility patrols with aggressive enforcement of the Fatal Four violations: DUI, speeding, seat belt and distracted driving, with a focus on DUI violations.
“Prom is an exciting time for high school students and we want to encourage teens to have fun by making good choices,” Illinois State Police District 11 Interim Commander Timothy Tyler said. “If you choose to drink at prom you can embarrass your date, ruin your reputation, and get kicked out of prom. You also risk being suspended from school and getting arrested.”
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2014 approximately 131 teens were involved in fatal crashes. The major reason teens are killed or seriously injured in traffic crashes are: lack of safety belt use, speed, distraction, impaired driving or lack of experience. In 2015, there were 135 teen fatalities because of traffic crashes in Illinois.
In addition to the directed patrols, seat belt enforcement zones also will be conducted. The goal of these concentrated efforts is voluntary compliance.