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With more drivers on the road this Thanksgiving, the Illinois State Police will be out in full force

Nikola Markelov

With many people taking to the highway to visit friends and family for Thanksgiving, the Illinois State Police says to do it safely. Trooper Josh Korando says he can't stress enough the importance, of leaving your phone alone when driving.

"I've pulled over people before in the past, where they have their phone on speaker, but they have the phone in their hand and they say what are you talking about, I've got my phone on speaker. And I said, but it's in your hand! It's gotta be, you can't have it in your hand. That's the whole hands-free thing."

In addition to cell phone violations, Korando adds during the week of Thanksgiving Troopers will be on the lookout for seatbelt violations, drivers who are speeding, and drivers who are under the influence.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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