The Illinois State Police have announced that they are going to increase their patrols over the holiday season to hopefully decrease the number of car accidents throughout the state.
Many departments are participating in a statewide initiative called Operation Save 100, aimed to decrease by 100 the number of vehicle-related fatalities in Illinois until Jan. 31, 2010.
“We’re going to do some saturated seat belt patrols, and we will be concentrating on various violations,” Spring Grove Police Chief Tom Sanders said.
He said increased seat belt use would safeguard travelers against winter weather conditions, as well as drunk or aggressive drivers heading home from holiday parties.
“When the conditions are icy and bad, it’s even more important,” Sanders said.
On the night before Thanksgiving, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office would conduct two initiatives, one that focused on seat belt and car seat use and another that would target drunken driving.
The sheriff’s office is teaming up with Huntley Police and the Illinois State Police for the drunken driving enforcement.
Sheriff Keith Nygren credited such enforcement initiatives with contributing to the declining vehicle-related fatality rate in the county.
“Focused and intense traffic enforcement can make a difference, … and that is what this is all about,” he said.
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Please be careful when driving over the holidays. There are a lot of crazy drivers out there and the roads can be treacherous.