Illinois State Police and others increase their presence on the roads during the holiday weekend | Illinois

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(The Center Square) – Illinois State Police and other law enforcement agencies are increasing their presence on the roads for this holiday weekend.

The goal is security. Part of a nationwide effort by more than 600 law enforcement agencies, the Border to Border campaign aims to remind drivers to slow down, wear a seatbelt, stay sober and not to drive distracted.

Illinois State Trooper and Safety Education Officer Josh Robinson said they hoped the sight of a police cruiser would remind motorists to drive carefully.

“You will see more soldiers along Illinois highways, state roads and interstates, even county roads and country roads, and hopefully visibility alone will change driving behavior,” he said. he told the Illinois Radio Network.

Last year, there were 14 road deaths over Memorial Day weekend.

“Having 14 people lose their lives over a holiday weekend is just too many, so we’re going to do our best this weekend to enforce traffic laws across the state. “, did he declare.

A weekend without deaths is their goal, Robinson said.

For motorists and motorcyclists, safety on the road is often in their hands.

A big part of the campaign is to encourage the wearing of seat belts. Robinson says many accidents happen in which people don’t wear their seatbelts.

“They’re not restrained, so a simple accident where you would be sitting in your seat if you were wearing your seatbelt now becomes something where you can be seriously injured or even killed from the impact,” he said. he declares.

Not only is an individual’s life at stake, but also that of the other drivers in the car, Robinson said.

“Think about it this way: maybe you’re a passenger in the back and you choose not to wear a seatbelt – everyone in the car has theirs,” he said. . “You have an accident, you maybe start toppling over, your body is going to shake like a rag doll, and the weight of your body hitting all those other people can hurt them or even kill them.”

Illinois has a seat belt law and people need to know how to wear them, so it’s all about making the right choice.

“If people choose to make the wrong decision and not wear their seatbelts, they’re going to get pulled over by law enforcement – either the [State Police] or somebody else – and they can get a citation,” he said.

Seat belt wearing is one of the Fatal Four that the Illinois State Police like to focus on. Others are speeding, driving under the influence and driving distracted.

Robinson said almost always at least one of these four factors is involved in road crashes. It reminds drivers to slow down, take advantage of ride-sharing options, use a hands-free device and wait to do other distracting activities like eating, putting on makeup or watching a movie.

Choices made behind the wheel can have life-changing consequences, so make good ones, he said.

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