Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, and it's also one of the most dangerous.
While most folks are taking some time off and heading to the lake for a long weekend the Illinois State Police are actually working harder.
Deputies, troopers and police. All branches of law enforcement are doing everything they can this weekend to keep folks alive. Trooper Jason Wilson says it's a big driving weekend.
"People are going to be out and they're going to really want to get out there and have a good time, celebrate the upcoming occasions, school being out."
Trooper Jason Wilson says with the start of summer, drivers minds can easily wander to poolside margaritas and golf outings. But he says you need to stay focused on the road, or your long weekend can easily be turned into a real life nightmare.
"Had a text message every truly affected or changed your life? If you want it to, look down at that message and then look up just in time to see a small child disappear under your bumper that will change your life."
Also on the list of no no's: speeding, driving unbuckled, and of course boozing and cruising.
If you don't have a designated driver what's wrong with calling a taxi. What's more expensive the 20 dollar taxi fare or the $10,000-20,000 DUI?
He says don't try your luck.
"We'll be there waiting."
Extra patrols are out doing seatbelt checks and sober checkpoints.
"Don't put your life, your family's life, or anyone you're sharing the road with's life in danger."
Wilson says at the end of the weekend they just want everyone to get home safely.
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