Illinois Department of Transportation is partnering with law enforcement to ensure safe holiday travel
SPRINGFIELD –(ENEWSPF)—December 19, 2017
By: Rosemary Piser
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state are working together to ensure motorists drive sober and buckle up this holiday season. Now through January 2, more than 150 police and sheriff’s departments will step up enforcement efforts to prevent alcohol- and drug-related crashes and fatalities.
Priscilla Tobias, Director of IDOT’s Office of Program Development said, “The holidays are a time to celebrate and make memories with family and friends. By driving sober and buckling up, you are not only helping make zero fatalities a reality in Illinois, but also ensuring that this year’s memories are joyful.”
The enforcement campaign will be in effect around the clock, with heightened efforts during nighttime hours. Illinois motorists can expect to encounter DUI, speeding and distracted driving patrols as well as roadside safety checks and seatbelt enforcement zones throughout the state.
The holiday enforcement campaign comes as Illinois experiences its second consecutive year of more than 1,000 motor vehicle fatalities. In 2016, a total of 1,078 people lost their lives in a vehicle crash on Illinois roads; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 315 of these individuals died in an alcohol-impaired crash.
Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz said, “Safe driving habits are essential to reducing fatalities in Illinois. The ISP continues to work to remove unsafe drivers from our roadways. We ask that you do your part to assist us in reducing fatal crashes. If you see an unsafe driver, please call 911 to report them.”