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Crash fatalities over Labor Day weekend dropped 78 percent from 2016 to 2017, the Illinois State Police announced Tuesday.

According to a news release from ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz, fatal crashes dropped from 19 in 2016 to just five in 2017. In addition, there were a total of 23 fatalities in 2016 and five in 2017.

The ISP issued a total of 6,127 citations and 3,979 warnings over the Labor Day weekend this year. 3,188 citations were for speeding and 765 were for not wearing seatbelts. The ISP also responded to 196 crashes.

“This was one of the safest Labor Day travel weekends we’ve experienced in Illinois in the last six years,” Schmitz said. “Five fatalities is still five too many. There were people who had their life torn apart because they lost a loved one due to a fatal traffic crash. The ISP will continue working to reduce fatalities to zero and to keep our citizens safe on Illinois roadways.”

The 2017 data are based on Illinois Department of Transportation reports and are subject to change, according to the release.

— The Southern

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