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ISP Launches Safety Crackdown in Honor of Kyle Deatherage

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Trooper Kyle Deatherage died Nov. 26 after being struck on I-55 by a semi truck.  He had been an Illinois State trooper since May 2009.

Trooper Kyle Deatherage died Nov. 26 after being struck on I-55 by a semi truck. He had been an Illinois State trooper since May 2009.

LITCHFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) - On the one year anniversary of a state trooper’s death, Illinois State Police announced a 24/7 initiative to crackdown on crime on state roads from now until the end of the year.

It’s called “Operation Kyle,” and ISP director Hiram Grau said his troopers will be critically checking drivers who are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, drunk, or texting.

Illinois recently raised the fine for texting while driving. If you do it you could be looking at a $120 ticket.

Kyle Deatherage

One year ago today an Illinois state trooper was struck and killed during a traffic stop near Litchfield, Ill.

32-year-old Kyle Deatherage of Highland had pulled over a vehicle along Interstate 55 and was walking up to it when he was struck and killed by a passing semi.

Grau told KMOX the young trooper’s death is still keenly felt throughout his department.

“All of us in law enforcement know that when we leave home our mission is to arrive back home at the end of our duties, but you never know. It’s not a given,” he said.

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