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Illinois State Police hope to reach drowsy truck drivers

EAST PEORIA, Ill. — Truck drivers are the target of a 24-hour traffic operation by state troopers, honoring a fallen colleague who was killed on duty. Trooper James Sauter died three years ago. His patrol car was hit by a tractor-trailer on I-294 in Cook County. The trucker had fallen asleep after exceeding the then-14-hour daily legal limit. He also filed a false work-log to hide the violation and was sentenced to two years in prison. State Police hope to prevent losing another trooper with around-the-clock patrols on Monday. State Police have already lost two of their own in the last four years because of drowsy truckers. They hope the enforcement today will serve as a major wake-up call. read more at


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