If you have plans to watch the super bowl away from home, Illinois State Police want to make sure you celebrate safely, and make game day one to remember, not regret.
You can expect to see more troopers patrolling the roads and highways tomorrow evening as you travel to and from your Super Bowl festivities. State Police will be looking for four very specific, very dangerous driving habits, known as the 'Fatal-4'.
"The fatal four are DUI, speeding, distracted driving, which is texting and phone usage, and seatbelt usage," says Illinois state police sergeant Eric Paulsen.
He adds, Super Bowl weekend sees almost as many dangerous driving incidents as some holidays, "Most people stay close to home, so there isn't as much interstate travelers for the Super Bowl. there is I would say close to as many local travelers as would be for a holiday like memorial day or labor day."
But because the Super Bowl is a scheduled event, travel patterns and times are more predictable for the Illinois State Police. They know when the game ends, it's time to watch for those Fatal-4.
"We'll be stepping up our enforcement before the game during the game and after the Super Bowl game," says Sgt. Paulsen.
Illinois state police director Hiram Grau released a statement, saying "The Illinois State Police will strictly enforce DUI and will target those violators who place their lives and the lives of others at risk when they choose alcohol over safety."
Remember to make plans in advance. If you will be drinking, choose a designated driver, or be prepared with phone numbers of cab companies. And for those who are driving, wear your seatbelt, and expect to share the roads with many other football fans.
"Because of the nature of the parties, the Super Bowl parties, people have at their houses and at different establishments in town that there will be quite a bit of traffic driving tomorrow evening," says Sgt. Paulsen.
Last year on Super Bowl Sunday, Illinois state police wrote over 1,000 Fatal-4 tickets to drivers. And a total of four lives were lost is alcohol related accidents.
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