ISP Stepping Up Patrols, Looking Out for Fatal Four
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
The higher the temperatures, the busier the roads. While that usually means more accidents and fatalities, but Illinois State Police (ISP) says they're trying to change that.
"We're organizing and orchestrating special enforcement details designed to identify those drivers that travel through the area that choose to disobey the traffic laws and disregard the safety of themselves and others," Commander Chris Owen said.
ISP says they'll be increasing patrols and targeting drivers who are distracted, impaired, and anyone engaged in criminal activities.
"It's a major corridor for drugs. We've have had some seizures. Interstate 57 and 55 are major roadways for smuggling contraband," Trooper Sean Ramsey said.
On Monday, we hit the road with ISP making sure drivers were following posted speed limits.
"We're seeing higher and higher speeds on the interstate," Trooper Ramsey said. "100 miles per hour plus citations are fairly regular now."
Making sure drivers were also wearing seat belts and staying off their phones.
"A lot of times they'll try to hide it by holding it down low in their lap," Trooper Ramsey said. "Now you're not looking at the road at all. Usually, they'll drift across a line or they'll sit at a stop light. It's pretty easy to catch them in situations like that but generally, they have a hard time keeping the vehicle in their lane."
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there have been 337 fatal crashes in Illinois so far in 2017. That number is actually lower than this time last year.
"There's a lot of factors that go into the fatality reduction in the rates, but some of that is our enforcement and our visibility," Commander Owen said.
With that increased visibility, ISP says they hope to keep that number as low as possible.