It wouldn’t be a holiday weekend without a reminder from state transportation officials to straighten up and drive right.
IDOT is issuing its standard reminder of increased police patrols… looking in particular for people driving cars or motorcycles while under the influence. Last year an average of more than four people per day died in traffic accidents over the long 4th of July weekend.
Many other state agencies are also issuing warnings about the potential dangers linked to the Independence Day holiday.
The state fire marshal is warning of the risk of fireworks injuries. State health officials are urging precautions against sunburn, ticks and mosquitoes, and food poisoning from family picnics. And DCFS is telling parents to take precautions to protect their children from drowning while at the pool or beach.