State police to have additional troopers out Labor Day weekend

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PECATONICA, Ill., (WIFR) -- Illinois State Police encourage safe driving habits during the Labor Day weekend.

As the summer comes to an end, the Labor Day weekend signifies a last chance for people to get out and enjoy the warm weather. The holiday weekend is one of the busiest driving periods and millions of motorists are expected to hit the roads nationwide.

ISP District 16 Operations Officer, Lt. Carl Heintz, is reminding drivers to make safety their number one priority this weekend.

Troopers will focus their attention on primary factors that contribute to fatal traffic crashes, known as the Fatal Four. These include driving under the influence (DUI), speeding, distracted driving, and not wearing seat belts.

There will be additional emphasis on DUI offenses over the holiday weekend as the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign began on August 21 and runs through September 4.

In addition, troopers will also be watching for those who fail to slow down and move over. Illinois law requires motorists to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with caution when approaching a vehicle on the side of the road.