The Illinois State Police said they are in contact with organizers of several convoys traveling through Illinois and are urging motorists to be aware of increased traffic due to the convoys.
The Illinois State Police (ISP) said in a statement Monday they are reminding the public that several convoys are traversing the United States and therefore will be traveling through Illinois in the coming days.
ISP said they would like all motorists to be mindful of increased traffic congestion in order to prevent traffic delays and traffic crashes.
“ISP would like all motorists traveling on Illinois roadways to arrive at their destination safely,” the department said in the statement.
Motorists are encouraged to pay close attention to their surroundings and obey traffic laws while driving and share the roadways.
“Illinois State Troopers are dedicated to ensuring the motoring public is safe, including those traveling through Illinois as part of a peaceful protest,” ISP Division of Patrol Colonel Margret McGreal said.
McGreal said that state police are in contact with organizers and anticipate the convoys will enter Illinois and are able to travel safely along with other motorists on the roadways.
“We would like to remind the public that if we all work together, obeying traffic laws and sharing the roadways, everyone can make it to their destination safely. We are hopeful those traveling in the convoys have safety in mind and will be cognizant of traffic laws,” McGreal said.
One of the convoys, which will include trucks and other vehicles, is planning to meet at Gurnee Mills mall in Gurnee at 5 p.m. Tuesday and depart an hour later heading southbound on Interstate 94.
“This is not just a truckers convoy, this is The People’s Convoy! We hope to see many of you either in the convoy or on the road ways and overpasses cheering them on. Even if you can not travel all the way to DC, even if just for a mile or two all the support is appreciated,” a post in a Facebook group said.