Illinois State Police issue safety warnings for Thanksgiving travel


Share
Posted Online: Nov. 21, 2012, 12:22 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Press release submitted by Illinois State Police


ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ISSUE SAFETY WARNINGS FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD

Law Enforcement Officials Focus on Fatal Four Violations

East Moline - Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state are gearing up for the beginning of the holiday travel period. The cooperative effort is aimed at stepping up enforcement patrols as the holiday driving season begins to make the roads safe for all motorists.
Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the busy holiday driving period which continues through the New Year. Beginning on Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25, officials expect high traffic volumes on interstates and roads throughout the region, with Thanksgiving Day expected to be the busiest. Illinois State Police are urging the motoring public to adhere to the rules of the road and avoid the Fatal Four traffic violations: Speeding, DUI, Seatbelts and Distracted Driving.
During this enforcement period, officers will patrol the interstates, conduct road side safety checks and participate in other traffic enforcement details to identify Fatal Four violators. Special emphasis will be placed on DUI enforcement, and holiday DUI patrols will be designated statewide. Statistics have shown that fatal crashes on the interstates increase during the Thanksgiving holiday period and a large number of these incidents are due to drunk driving.

"Although the number of crashes involving impaired drivers are on a downward trend, a single life lost to drunk driving is one life too many," said ISP Director Hiram Grau. "Troopers and local police officers will saturate the roads and interstates with targeted patrols to enforce ISP's Fatal Four mission - with a special emphasis on impaired driving," Grau stressed.
The teenage driver is classified as the highest risk category for becoming involved in a driving fatality during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Over the last three years, teen and college aged drivers and passengers have been involved in 50% of all fatal crashes that have occurred the day before and Thanksgiving Day. Of the crashes that occurred on those days, teen and college aged drivers and passengers accounted for 31% of the fatalities.

Motorists who consume alcohol should consider an alternative means of transportation. A DUI arrest can lead to thousands of dollars in attorney fees, court costs, insurance fees, fines and jail time, not to mention it can also blemish a driving record and result in a permanent criminal history.

"I am asking everyone to buckle up, slow down, don't drive distracted and remember that drinking and driving don't mix," said District 17 Commander Robert Atherton. "I know that everyone at District 7 will work hard to keep the motoring public safe. We also need the citizens of Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island counties and those driving through our state to drive safely and make our roads safe for everyone. On behalf of District 77, have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday," added Atherton.


The ISP offers the following alternatives for those who choose to celebrate with alcohol:
• Do not drink and drive, designate a sober driver
• Buckle up and make sure that all vehicle occupants are properly restrained
• Pay attention to the weather and road conditions
• Slow down and obey posted speed limits
• Take extra precautions on rural roads with 55 mph speed limits
• Avoid distractions such as cell phone use
• Be extra alert near construction zones
• Dial 911 if an unsafe driver is observed























 



Local events heading








  Today is Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


(More History)