Safety Blitz held in honor of fallen Trooper James Sauter

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Illinois State Police (ISP) has announced a special enforcement detail dedicated in honor of fallen Trooper James Sauter, who was killed in the line of duty on March 28, 2013, when his ISP squad was struck by a truck tractor semi-trailer on I-294 southbound at Willow Road.

The announcement marks the fifth consecutive year of this detail held in honor of his memory, a legacy of courage, honor, and duty.

The 24-hour statewide detail will commence on March 28, 2018, at midnight.

The detail will focus on making Illinois roads safer through motor carrier safety checks and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement.

ISP Troopers will ensure CMV drivers are properly licensed; their equipment is safe; and their logbooks are completed.

CMV long-haul drivers are restricted to 70 hours of driving per week and are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to maintain a logbook documenting the number of hours they have driven each day.

“With each motor carrier inspection completed, we are not only identifying safety violations and removing unsafe equipment and drivers from the roadways; we are making ourselves visible, which ultimately changes unsafe driving behaviors,” said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz.

On September 8, 2015, the Willow Road Overpass was dedicated as the “Trooper James Sauter Memorial Overpass” in Trooper Sauter’s memory.

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(This story was originally published on March 28, 2018)

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