Letter to Editor:

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Dear Editor:

It is that time of year when our "Click It or Ticket" campaign is in full force. As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday the Illinois State Police will once again step up enforcement in and around the Quad City area. During the Thanksgiving weekend we will again participate in the "Stay Alive on the I's" program.

The public can expect to see Troopers positioned every ten miles on all interstates in Illinois. We will also be conducting a number of details off the interstates which will be focused on speed, safety belt usage and Driving Under the Influence. 

In 2007 there were 12 people killed on Illinois roadways during the Thanksgiving weekend. Although none of those people killed were in the Quad Cities area, last November was a dangerous month here in the four county area of District 7 (Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island County). In November of 2007 there were five people killed in crashes. All of those crashes involved the use of alcohol or drugs. Four of those crashes were cars and the fifth was a motorcycle. None of the four people killed in car crashes were wearing safety belts. This year in District 7, 15 people have lost their lives due to car crashes, 13 of those were not wearing safety belts. It is a clear and simple fact in our area, People are needlessly dying because they fail to wear safety belts.

The holiday season is upon us and I want everyone to be home with their families and friends. I don't want to see anyone go through the tragedy of losing a loved one in a traffic crash. We will continue to patrol and enforce the laws, not just this weekend, but every day of the year. Sometimes our efforts are not enough. Once again we need the public to work with us.

Please try to remember these three tips:

Watch your speed

Don't drink and drive


Stay safe and Happy Holidays.


Captain Jeffrey Patterson

Illinois State Police