ISP warns everyone to avoid "Fatal Four" during the holiday

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

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 Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 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 accident.    

ISP troopers will be extra vigilant during the holiday travel period.  Officers will be conducting roadside 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.  

“Several factors come together this time of year that could lead to severe crashes on Illinois roadways,” said District 7 Commander, Lt. Jon Dively, “Increased road traffic, children out of school, and multiple events to attend, lead drivers to excessive speed, distractions, and some forgetting to buckle up.”

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 Illinois State Police would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend.