Police departments to partner, patrol highways
Associated Press3:01 AM CDT, June 25, 2009 CHICAGO - The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies will be patrolling Chicago Area Expressways to ticket dangerous drivers and reduce fatal crashes.
Fatalities on the expressways are higher right now than they were in all of 2008. The Illinois State Police say this year's death rate has broken the five-year decline.
Officers will drive marked and unmarked vehicles, in search of the five most fatal road violations: driving under the influence, speeding, improper lane usage, following too closely and unfastened seat belts.
Motorcycle enforcement bureau units and covert vehicles will also be dispatched.
Photo traps will be used in construction zones.