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Travel Safely When Ringing In New Year's

Celebrating the New Year’s holiday with a drink or two? Then please start 2020 safely by designating a driver, grabbing a cab, booking a ride-share, or taking public transportation.

The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are reminding drivers that alcohol and automobiles don’t mix—so don’t get behind the wheel after drinking at a holiday party or celebration. 

District 15 state troopers patrolling the 294-mile Tollway system will focus on enforcing the fatal four violations--with a special emphasis on stopping motorists who are driving under the influence—along with ticketing those who are speeding, driving distracted and not wearing seat belts. Drivers also should protect themselves and others by following the Move Over Law, which requires drivers to slow down and, if possible, change lanes when approaching any vehicle stopped along the road with its hazard lights flashing. 

“Safety is always our highest priority and we urge our customers who are celebrating the New Year to do so responsibly by avoiding drinking and driving,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez. “To help drivers who are traveling during the holiday, the Tollway will be running motorist aid patrols to ensure we quickly locate and assist drivers whose vehicles become disabled along our roads.”

Drivers who need help while traveling on the Tollway system should dial *999 to get assistance any time of the day or night from Tollway roadway maintenance crews or from Illinois State Police District 15. 

The Tollway is running dedicated motorist aid patrols 24/7 across our system on December 31 and January 1. Additionally, the Tollway’s H.E.L.P. trucks will operate from 4 a.m. until 8 p.m. on both days—and those patrols could continue until midnight each day if traffic conditions require the additional hours.

Motorist aid and H.E.L.P. patrols can help stranded customers by changing tires, jump-starting batteries, providing fuel or arranging for a tow.

Drivers who want a break from traveling can take part in a continuing Tollway holiday tradition: 7-Eleven and McDonald’s are inviting motorists to stop at a Tollway oasis for a free small cup of coffee on New Year’s Eve. Times and locations are available at

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