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State police will be watching this weekend

Illinois State Police District 2 commander Capt. Michael Kraft is urging motorists ahead of the Labor Day weekend to celebrate responsibly and make safety a priority.

In a news release, Kraft said troopers will be focusing on the primary factor in fatal traffic crashes: driving under the influence, speeding, distracted driving and not wearing a seatbelt, also known as the Fatal Four.

“Troopers will be working tirelessly to keep the roadways safe over the holiday weekend,” Kraft said in the news release. ”Please do your part by celebrating responsibly. Designate a sober driver, don’t drive distracted, obey the speed limit and buckle up.”

Troopers will be watching for drivers who do not slow down and move over for a stationary emergency vehicle with rotating or flashing lights on roadsides. Illinois law requires motorists to reduce speed, change lanes if possible and proceed with caution when approaching these vehicles.

There will be additional emphasis on DUI offenses over the weekend, according to the release.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign began Aug. 14 and will continue through Sept. 2.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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