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Fourth of July Enforcement Patrols

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Press Release Date: July 1, 2004    || Archived July 7, 2004
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today enhanced enforcement efforts during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. Beginning July 2 through July 5, Troopers will be conducting a number of special emphasis patrols in an effort to protect citizens traveling on Illinois roadways. Last year, during the three-day holiday period, 17 people lost their lives in 17 crashes.

"During this year’s Independence Day weekend, Troopers around the state will be assigned to special emphasis patrols in an effort to keep Illinois roads safe." said ISP Director Larry G. Trent. "As part of the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) which places an emphasis on drivers who are speeding, driving while impaired, and not wearing seat belts, officers will be assigned to DUI patrols, speed details utilizing LIDAR, air speed checks, seat belt enforcement zones, and fatal five patrols."

The Illinois State Police reminds motorists to never drink and drive. If you do plan to drink, make sure to have a designated driver. Drivers and their passengers are also reminded that Troopers will not issue written warnings for seat belt violations, only citations. So far this year, more than 56,680 citations have been issued for violation of Illinois’ seat belt and child safety seat laws. Drivers and passengers should always wear their seat belt – the best defense against aggressive and impaired drivers.

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