ISP honor Fallen Trooper with Operation Sauter

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) will be enforcing road safety with a special enforcement memorial operation dedicated to fallen Trooper James Sauter, who died in the line of duty on March 28, 2013.

This will be the third consecutive year that troopers honor Trooper Sauter’s memory with this safety operation. Sauter was killed three years ago when his ISP squad car was struck by a truck tractor semi-trailer at I-294 southbound on Willow Road.

On September 8, 2015, the Willow Road Overpass was dedicated as the “Trooper James Sauter Memorial Overpass” in Trooper Sauter’s memory.

On the anniversary of his passing, Monday, March 28, ISP troopers throughout the state will be aggressively patrolling Illinois roadways for 24 consecutive hours (March 28 – 29) in remembrance of Trooper Sauter.

The focus of the operation will be commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement. Troopers will be checking CMV drivers’ logbooks to ensure compliance with state law.

CMV long-haul drivers are currently restricted to 70 hours of driving per week and are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to maintain a logbook documenting the number of hours they have driven.

Troopers will also be strictly enforcing the ISP’s Fatal Four mission: Speeding, Seatbelts, DUI and Distracted Driving, to ensure the safety of the motoring public in preparation for the busy spring travel season.

Within the last three years, two ISP troopers have been killed in the line of duty and another seriously injured as a result of being hit by commercial motor vehicles.

The Illinois State Police urge motorists and out-of-state visitors to plan ahead, follow the rules of the road and take the necessary safety precautions during this spring’s driving season. Motorists are also required by law to reduce speed and change lanes when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle.

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