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Police plan major patrols to keep holiday weekend roads safe

The Friedlander family. The Friedlander family.
Adeline and Jackson Friedlander wave from their car. Adeline and Jackson Friedlander wave from their car.

The last weekend of the summer is here and millions of Americans will hit the road. Travelers won't be alone on the highways. Illinois State Police plan to saturate roads and write tickets.

"What are you guys going to do in Galena?" asks Rebecca Klopf, 13 News reporter.

"Swim," says Adeline Friedlander.

"Alpine Slide," says Jackson Friedlander.

Adeline and Jackson Friedlander are excited about their labor weekend getaway to Galena. They, along with their mom Lisa, fuel up for the trip along with dozen of other people already packing Rockford area gas stations.

"It does seem like there is a lot of traffic we left early and so did everyone else apparently," says Lisa Friedlander.

AAA was expecting that. It estimated more than 34 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home this weekend, the most since 2008. The agency says part of the reason so many people are hitting the road is low gas prices. The cost is down nearly 5% from last year. Lisa says it's not about the price at the pump.

"We do it every Labor Day. It's a family tradition to spend Labor Day in Galena," says Lisa Friedlander.

Nancy and Dave Launspach are headed the other direction on the highway.

"To get out of Dubuque for awhile and relax and enjoy some fun with our family," says Nancy Launspach. "While we still have summer, "says Dave Launspach.

So while the Friedlanders and the Launspachs hit the road someone is going to be watching to make sure they get to where they need to be safely.

"In anticipation of increased volume we are going to have extra troopers out on patrol," says Master Sgt. Carl Heintz, Illinois State Police.

Last year Illinois State Police issued more than 2600 speeding tickets during the holiday weekend. But speeding is not all police will be looking for. Texting, talking on phones through construction zones and drinking and driving could get you written up or arrested.

"We just want everyone to focus on their driving and have a safe Labor Day," says Master Sgt. Heintz.

State Police told us tonight and during the weekend they will have DUI checkpoint ups around the Rockford area. So be prepared to get pulled over and checked for safety violations if you are out.

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