Illinois State Police are stepping up patrols during the Labor Day weekend to keep motorists safe and to be aware of potential terrorist threats.
State police will "saturate" interstates and expressways while troopers also monitor intelligence from the Statewide Terrorism Intelligence Center. State police issued 2,600 speeding tickets during Labor Day last year.
State Trooper Joey Watson says the expected 34.1 million people on the roads this weekend should prompt area drivers to be extra careful.
The Illinois Department of Transportation says all non-emergency road work will be suspended for the weekend to help with traffic flow. Road crews should be finished with their work by 3 p.m. Friday.