The Illinois State Police (ISP) has announced that they are riding along in semi truck to try to catch car drivers in the act on I-57 this week.
Yesterday the Illinois State Police District 13 DuQuoin took to Facebook to announce that they are riding shotgun in semi trucks as part of the “Trooper in a Truck detail.”
“As you read this, there is an ISP Trooper riding in a truck tractor semi trailer combination up and down the interstate observing poor decisions being made by drivers near commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Many drivers along with our entire region learned a painful lesson last summer as we saw numerous crashes claim lives, cause injury, destroy property, and cause lengthy and unnecessary traffic backups. When commercial motor vehicles are involved in a crash, a large amount of energy is delivered into that event.
This detail is another component in our continuing fight against the poor decisions that are impacting the roadways of our area. By actively seeking out violations near semis and educational efforts such as this post, we hope to reduce the number of crashes involving CMVs, thus saving lives. Will you join us by making good decisions behind the wheel of your vehicle?”
Several other states also have troopers ride along in semi trucks to let officers get a glimpse of what truckers see every day. The Nebraska State Patrol finished up their Trooper in a Truck operation last week.
And the Tennessee Highway Patrol even has their own custom police Peterbilt that they use at various times throughout the year to catch car drivers behaving badly.