Ill. State Police patrol in honor of dead trooper

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois State Police have begun 24 hours of aggressive patrolling to catch motorists violating safety laws.

 

Friday's operation is in honor of Trooper James Sauter, who was killed a year ago on March 28 when his squad car was hit by a truck on a suburban Chicago interstate.

 

In particular, the enforcement operation is targeting commercial drivers.

 

A Wisconsin truck driver has been charged in Sauter's death. He's accused of violating federal rules meant to prevent commercial drivers from becoming dangerously fatigued.

 

The trooper's vehicle was idling on the shoulder of Interstate 294 when the truck struck it from behind. Authorities say the impact pushed the 28-year-old trooper's vehicle at least 500 feet and caused it to erupt in flames.

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