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.
The National Safety Council has estimated that 395 people will be killed and 42,300 will be injured in car crashes during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The Illinois State Police is reminding motorists to take the necessary safety precautions to prevent senseless tragedies during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 29, through Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Illinois State Police will enforce the four most common traffic violations: speeding, DUI, seat belts and distracted driving. Troopers will also be on heightened alert monitoring intelligence from the Statewide Terrorism Intelligence Center for suspicious vehicles, special alerts and any criminal activity crossing state lines.
“Since 2007, state police have been focused on the Fatal 4 mission striving to reduce the number of fatalities,” Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said. “Troopers statewide will be enforcing the Fatal 4 traffic laws, and those motorists who choose to violate the traffic laws could encounter tragic consequences or even face jail time.”
Driving under the influence is still the No. 1 cause for traffic crashes and fatalities, especially during holiday celebrations. The Illinois State Police reminds the public that designating a driver or arranging for public transportation can save lives.