Illinois, Missouri police step up patrols for holiday weekend

KSDK – Police on both sides of the Mississippi River are stepping up patrols for Memorial Day weekend in an effort to prevent crashes.

Illinois State Police will have extra patrols out through the weekend. The detail will consist of five officers and one supervisor, a spokesperson said, and their goal will be to make sure drivers are driving at a reasonable speed, aren't distracted or impaired and are using their seat belts.

In Missouri, state troopers will monitor Interstate 44 and 70 for holiday drivers.

"Many people will be traveling on Missouri's highways during the holiday. We ask motorists to be patient and courteous while traveling during this busy time of the year," Captain Ronald Johnson said in a news release. "Troopers will be enforcing traffic laws and assisting those who are stranded. The troopers assigned to Troop C are committed to making our highways safe for everyone. Please take the job of driving seriously. Do not drink and drive, obey the speed limit, pay attention, and buckle up."


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