“Operation Sauter” will honor fallen trooper James Sauter who was killed on March 28 when his squad was struck by a tractor truck semi-trailer at I-294 southbound at Willow Rd. By KMOV.com staff
(KMOV.com) – Illinois State Police to step-up patrols on Friday for 24 hours to honor a trooper killed in the line of duty in 2013.
“Operation Sauter” will honor fallen trooper James Sauter who was killed on March 28 when his squad was struck by a tractor truck semi-trailer at I-294 southbound at Willow Rd.
Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau says that the goal of the operation is to “place a targeted focus on the safe driving of commercial motor vehicles”.
According to Michael Zerbonia, ISP Division of Operations Colonel, throughout “Operation Sauter” officers will conduct safety checks for speeding, seatbelts, DUI and distracted driving.
Zerbonia added that the “number one goal during this 24 hour enforcement period is to raise public awareness within the motor carrier industry on the importance of safety regulations – namely driver fatigue- because drowsiness can have the same effects as driving under the influence”.
Illinois State Police urge motorists to plan ahead, follow the rules of the road and take necessary safety precautions. Officials also stressed that fines have increased to $120 for texting and using hand-held devices while driving in the state.