Police crack down on drivers over Labor Day weekend

By Alyssa Donovan

August 30, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 7:34 PM CDT

Illinois State Police are going the extra mile to stop drunk drivers this Labor Day weekend.

Labor day weekend is one of the busiest times of the year to be on the road.

According to Tripadvisor.com this holiday, travel is up 6% from last year with more than 33% of Americans hitting the road.

And Illinois State Troopers are going to be out in full force.

Trooper Dustin Pierce said, "They are going to be enforcing not only normal traffic violations but the fatal four violations which are impaired driving, seatbelts, speeding and distracted driving."

State Police are also working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to minimize problems in construction zones.

Construction on most major highways has been suspended over the holiday weekend and some construction zones have even been removed.

However on larger projects like on I-74 near Morton, that's not possible and drivers must still obey the work zone speed limit.

IDOT Spokesperson Brian Williamsen said, "Its a full day speed limit so even if it's the middle of the night even if you don't see any workers or if it's a holiday, as long as that speed zone limit sign is posted that's the speed limit you are supposed to be following."

Fines for speeding in a work zone, holiday or not, are more than $375 and Pierce says a DUI can cost up to $20,000.

Pierce said, "A taxi ride is a lot cheaper and a lot easier than what a DUI is going to be."

Roadside safety checks are being conducted along with normal patrols and will continue throughout the weekend.

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