(SPRINGFIELD) The Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer and the last chance for people to get out and enjoy the warm weather, therefore with millions of motorists expected to hit the roadways nationwide, the upcoming holiday weekend is usually one of the busiest driving periods of the year. And with that being said, the Illinois State Police is reminding motorists to make safety their “number one” priority while driving this weekend. Troopers will be out focusing their attention on the primary factors that contribute to fatal traffic crashes, including distracted driving (texting while driving), not wearing seat belts, and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. State Troopers and other local law enforcement agencies will be out in extra force continuing their efforts through the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Make sure you obey all “rules of the road” while traveling through Illinois this holiday weekend.
(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing medical marijuana to be used as a painkiller instead of highly addictive opioids. Taking effect immediately, the law allows physicians to temporarily prescribe cannabis for pain relief as a means to combat the growing opioid-addiction epidemic. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that 11,000 people have died from opioid overdoses since 2008. In fact, opioids caused nearly double the number of 2016 deaths as traffic accidents. The new law also creates a pilot program which includes safeguards against abuse of the medical marijuana program.
(DU QUOIN) The 2018 Du Quoin State Fair is continuing. Today is Senior Day with various activities for senior citizens with Twilight Harness Racing the Fair’s main feature tonight. Tomorrow is Sponsor Appreciation Day with the Pop 2000 Tour on stage tomorrow night. Friday is Illinois Tourism Day with the Gen-X Tour on stage that night. Saturday is Coal Heritage Day with Phil Vassar and Love & Theft on stage that night, plus all the carnival rides, various games, and plenty of fair concession food available on the Fairgrounds. To view the daily/nightly schedule, for admission & parking information, for Grandstand ticket details, and more general information, check the Fair’s website online at www.DuQuoinStateFair.net.