(Springfield, IL) — Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the results of the Memorial Day Weekend enforcement campaign. The official reporting period for the Memorial Day Weekend enforcement was May 25 – 28. During that time, Troopers issued 5,924 traffic citations and 5,206 written warnings. Troopers also made 109 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests, wrote 815 seatbelt citations, and assisted 1,304 stranded motorists.
The ISP also participated in a Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E) nationwide campaign which ran from May 21 – 28. Operation C.A.R.E. is a multi-agency endeavor aimed at reducing the number of traffic crashes through strict enforcement and an increase in police visibility. During this time period, ISP Troopers across the state issued 10,316 traffic citations and made 143 DUI arrests. Troopers also wrote 1,055 distracted driving citations, 1,998 seatbelt citations, and 7,579 speed citations during this same time period.
“I am very proud of the hard work displayed by the men and women of the Illinois State Police,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “I am confident their enforcement efforts resulted in lives being saved,” he added.
As the summer approaches, the ISP wants to remind motorists to avoid the “Fatal 4 Violations”; DUI, speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt, and distracted driving.