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Busy Memorial Day travel prompts law enforcement to focus on safety

It is Memorial Day Weekend and nearly 43 million Americans are expected to travel, according to AAA and law enforcement is reminding everyone to be safe on the roads.

Illinois State Police will be focusing on the fatal four violations, which contribute the greatest to traffic crashes and death:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Safety Belt and Child Restraint use
  • Speeding
  • Distracted Driving

Trooper Roy Atwater said drivers need to plan ahead and find a sober ride, if they want to drink.

“Fines and cost can total over $10,000 and you could also cost someone their life or your own,” Atwater said. “Safety is our number priority we want motorists to arrive to their destination safely.”

He added drivers should check the weather across their entire travel route before hitting the roads because it can vary in each city.

Also, everyone in a car should be wearing a seat belt.

Drivers are advised to follow Scott’s Law, also known as the ‘Move Over’ law. It requires drivers to reduce their speed and move over if possible, when they see any emergency vehicles on the side of the road with their hazards on.


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Drew Brown

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