Illinois State Police District 05 officials are reminding young drivers to think responsibly as they celebrate during the upcoming prom and graduation season. Their primary safety message is in the word PROM which asks teens to “Please Return On Monday.”
Now that prom and graduation are upon us, area high school students will soon be participating in celebrations that occur not only at school but at private locations.
During the next couple of weeks, ISP District 05 Troopers will be conducting high visibility patrols with aggressive enforcement of the Fatal Four violations: DUI, speeding, seat belt, and distracted driving, with a focus on DUI violations.
District 05 has scheduled over 20 additional details during this season and will be strongly enforcing the “Fatal Four” violations. Last year during this time, over 2,100 citations were issued for Fatal Four violations. This year will be no exception.
The troopers want to modify teen driving behaviors, which include distractions, carelessness, fatigue and inexperience. These behaviors, when combined with drugs or alcohol, can be lethal. Car crashes kill more teens during the weekends of prom and graduation season than any other time of year.
Seat belt enforcement zones also will be conducted in addition to directed patrols. The goal of these concentrated efforts is voluntary compliance.
With the motoring public’s assistance, the troopers hope to ensure this year’s prom and graduation memories are positive ones. Think responsibly, put the phone down, “Drop it and Drive,” buckle up, and don’t use alcohol or drugs.