Illinois State Police out in force this Memorial Day weekend

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COLUMBIA, IL (KPLR) – Police departments across the country are getting ready for Memorial Day weekend travel. The Illinois State Police will be out in full force to help drivers reach their destination safely.

AAA estimates more than 37 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the holiday weekend, the highest levels in 10 years.

“Throughout the holiday weekend, at some point up to 15 to 18 officers, half of those officers will be out looking for impaired drivers,” said Trooper Calvin Dye Jr., Illinois State Police.

Throughout the weekend, motorists will see hundreds of seatbelt enforcement zones and other law enforcement patrols looking for seatbelt violators and impaired drivers as part of the national Click It Or Ticket campaign.

The best defense—statistically—against a drunk driver is to have your seatbelt on. You still maybe injured, but at least you will be injured inside the vehicle as opposed to being ejected from the vehicle.

While no one really likes to come upon a road block when they’re in a hurry to get to their destination, troopers say checkpoints are needed during heavy traffic times.

“From a law enforcement perspective, we saw so many innocent motorists get struck by drunk drivers and lose their lives, so we look at it from an aspect that if we remove that drunk driver off the roadway that will save someone’s life,” Trooper Dye said.