COLLINSVILLE — Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Capt. Joe Kollins reminds motorists to make safety their No. 1 priority while driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The holiday weekend is one the busiest driving periods for motorists and millions of people are expected to hit the roads and interstates nationwide.
Law enforcement officials will push for zero fatalities by enforcing the four most common causes of fatal crashes: speeding, drunken driving, seat belts and distracted driving. Troopers will patrol the expressways and roads looking for fatal four violations.
At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cellphones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers who use handheld devices are four times as likely to be involved in a serious crash.
Driving under the influence continues to be a factor in fatal crashes. Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United Sates involve drunk drivers. During the Labor Day weekend in 2013, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide. Approximately 48 percent of those fatal crashes involved alcohol.
“Labor Day weekend is traditionally the end of the summer travel season,” Kollins said. “Traffic is usually heavy during this holiday weekend, causing some drivers to speed in an effort to reach their destinations quicker. We will have additional troopers visible on the interstates and state routes in an effort to reduce the number of motorists speeding, as well as the number of traffic crashes in the Metro East.”