Whether you’re planning one more weekend at the lake house or you simply want to enjoy some time with friends and family over the extended weekend, you’re want to ensure you stay sober if you’re going to get behind the wheel, because a number of police departments throughout the state will be conducting extra DUI patrols over Labor Day weekend.
The Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and police want to ensure they keep motorists safe by having an added presence on the road to keep an eye out for dangerous driving behaviors. State troopers will be conducting extra enforcement during peak drunk driving hours over the extended weekend, but they’ll also be working round the clock to look out for the three other driving habits that make up “the dangerous four.” Aside from driving drunk, the other three things police will be cracking down on are:
- Distracted Driving
- Failing to Wear a Seat Belt
Obviously police aren’t going to let you off with a warning if they catch you driving while intoxicated, but Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Jason Bradley said many departments will be practicing a “zero tolerance” rule this weekend, meaning if you get pulled over, you’ll likely get a ticket.
Where To Watch For Police
Illinois State Patrol will be conducting extra enforcement throughout the state, so no matter where you drive, you’ll want to make sure you follow the rules of the road. Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin will be conducting similar enforcements, so if you’re traveling out of state, don’t think you’re free when you hit state lines.
Local departments have also spoke out about stopping drunk drivers and speeders this weekend. We’ve already heard that local enforcements will be happening in Riverside, Arlington Heights and Evanston as part of the nationwide campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” These won’t be the only cities conducting extra tests, but they are a few of the announced crackdowns.
So if you’re hitting the highway this weekend, make sure you buckle up, watch your speed, tone out the distractions and stay sober. In the event something goes wrong and you end up in a sticky situation, don’t hesitate to call Appelman Law at (630) 717-7801. Hopefully you don’t need us, but we’re here if you do! Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend!