Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Advisory

Illinois State Police Urge Driver Safety

Pestoum, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is urging the motoring public to drive safe and avoid the Fatal Four moving violations; Speeding, DUI, Seatbelts, and Distracted Driving, this holiday season.  

Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the busy holiday driving period.  Beginning on Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29, high traffic volumes are expected on roadways throughout the state.  As traffic volume increases, so does your chance of being involved in a traffic crash.  Avoiding the Fatal Four can help to decrease your chances of being involved in a serious traffic crash.   

ISP troopers will be extra vigilant during the holiday travel period.  Officers will be conducting road side safety checks and participating in additional traffic enforcement details to identify the Fatal Four moving violations.  Officers will also be available to provide assistance to motorists who are experiencing mechanical issues on their way to and from their holiday celebration. 

District 10 Commander Captain Louis Kink adds, “We want drivers to focus on the drive.  Holiday travel means crowded roadways, especially with lower gas prices.  Buckle everyone in, obey the speed limits, and report impaired drivers to 911.  Stay alert while driving to ensure you get to spend time with friends and family once you arrive at your destination.  Move over and slow down for stopped emergency vehicles so they can get home safely to their families too.  Our troopers will be out looking for impaired and distracted drivers to help make your travel on our roadways safe.” 
Along with avoiding the Fatal Four, the ISP would also like to remind motorist to “move over.”  The “move over” law requires motorists approaching an emergency vehicle stopped along the roadway to reduce their speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution. 

The safety of everyone on Illinois roadways is important.  Please remember: Don’t Drink and Drive, Always Buckle Up, Limit Distractions, Slow Down, and “move over!”  The Illinois State Police would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend.   

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