Drivers are starting to hit the road for the holidays but they won’t be alone.  Beginning today, Illinois State Police troopers are patrolling state roadways for 24-hours straight.  They’ll be conducting road side safety checks, and keeping an eye out for people who are speeding, driving drunk, texting, or not wearing seat belts in honor of a fallen co-worker.

Kyle DeatherageThey’re calling the boosted enforcement “Operation Kyle” in honor of fallen trooper Kyle Deatherage of Madison County.  He was hit and killed by a semi while he was conducting a traffic stop on I-55 north of Litchfield one year ago today.  The stepped up patrols began at midnight.


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