Illinois State Police (ISP) District 18, Interim Commander, Lieutenant Mark Gillock, is reminding motorists to take the necessary safety precautions to prevent tragedies from occurring during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest periods for travelers, and millions of motorists are expected to hit the roadways and interstates across the country. The ISP will be doing our part in keeping the roadways safe for those traveling through the state. The ISP will be strictly enforcing the most common traffic violations that result in fatal crashes, otherwise known as the “Fatal-Four”: speeding, DUI, seat belt use, and distracted driving.
The ISP is participating in the following safe driving initiatives over the holiday weekend:
- On Monday, May 20, 2019, the ISP collaborated with surrounding states for the Border to Border (B2B) initiative. The B2B initiative kicked off the 2019 Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign runs through June 2, 2019.
- Friday, May 24, 2019, also kicks off a nationwide, four-day Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE). Operation CARE aims to reduce the number of crashes through strict traffic enforcement, in order to obtain voluntary compliance in the areas of: alcohol and drug-related offenses; maximum speed limit laws; and occupant restraint laws.
The main goal of the Illinois State Police is to prevent serious injury or fatal collisions from occurring during the Memorial Day weekend. Please do your part to make travel safer this holiday weekend. If you are going to be at an event with alcohol, please make sure you designate a sober driver. Always keep your eyes on the road and off of the cell phone. Unless it is hands-free, Illinois law prohibits the use of any electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. Please be sure to watch your speed, and make sure you buckle up.
Interim Commander, Lieutenant Mark Gillock stated that Memorial Day weekend begins the summer travel for most families, increasing the amount of vehicles on our highways. With more vehicles traveling the highways, the chance of being involved in a traffic crash or becoming a stranded motorist also increase. Please be mindful of those increased risks and allow more time when traveling. Additionally, remember to move over upon the approach of emergency vehicles, maintenance vehicles, and disabled vehicles with hazard lights on. Please help make the highways as safe as possible for your family and others.
Last year, the ISP issued a total of 5,924 traffic citations and 5,206 written warnings during the four-day holiday period from Friday to Monday. This number includes 815 seatbelt citations issued, and 109 DUI arrests made.
We are confident that voluntary compliance of Illinois traffic laws can lead to a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend for everyone.