Chances are if you are on any of Illinois’ roadways this weekend, you will see a State Police Trooper. For 24-hours, running through Saturday, troopers across the state will be embarking on an enforcement patrol dubbed “Operation Sauter” in honor of a fellow officer that was killed a year ago today (Friday).
James Sauter was killed when a semi tractor-trailer hit his vehicle on an interstate near Chicago. ISP Spokesoman Monique Bond says they have seen too many of their troopers succumb to injuries suffered in the line of duty.
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Operation Sauter will kick off with ISP officers saturating the interstates statewide, conducting road side safety checks to enforce the ISP’s Fatal Four mission: Speeding, Seatbelts, DUI and Distracted Driving.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.