Springfield -- Illinois State Police are stepping up
patrols during the busy Labor Day weekend to keep motorists safe and to be
aware of potential terrorist threats.
Officials said Thursday
that state police will "saturate" interstates and expressways while
troopers also monitor intelligence form the Statewide Terrorism
for suspicious activity or vehicles and special alerts.
State Police District
Chicago Capt. Luis Gutierrez says officers in patrol cars will be looking for
so-called "Fatal 4" violators. These are speeders, drunk drivers, and
those driving without safety belts or distracted by texting or other
State police issued
2,600 speeding tickets during Labor Day last year, made 90 DUI arrests and
issued citations for 625 seatbelt and 45 distracted-driver violations.
The Illinois Department
of Transportation will assist state police this weekend.
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