FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KTVI) – Drivers beware. Law officers in Illinois are going to be out in full force this holiday weekend doing all they can to keep the roads safe.
This message coming the day after a horrible crash in Fairview Heights killed a highway worker and injured several others.
At a news conference Thursday morning, authorities told us there will be many extra patrols out in this area and statewide with the Memorial Day holiday.
In fact, there will be special checkpoints target seat belt usage and DUI.
A new law that just went into effect this year in Illinois says that everyone in a vehicle must be wearing a seat belt or you can receive a ticket.
Officials also said that traffic deaths are up this year in Illinois—66 more people have died in crashes so far this year than last year.
All of this comes against the backdrop of yesterday`s fatal crash on I-64 in Fairview Heights.
Investigators say a car driven by 34 year old Michael Jeter of West Frankfort, Illinois crashed into a work crew that was getting ready to install reflective markers on the interstate.
38 year old Dennis Beard was killed—three other workers were seriously hurt.
All of the workers were employees of Briteway Striping Services out of New Baden.
Of the three workers still hospitalized, two are at SLU hospital and one is at Barnes.
Brian Moore is in critical condition at SLU while Adam Evans is in serious condition.
The third worker, Kory Links, is in serious condition at Barnes.
Jeter was also taken to a hospital. He has been treated and released from Belleville Memorial Hospital.
Illinois state police say they are still investigating the crash and at this point no charges have been filed yet.