Troopers on roads for Operation Sauter

Published 03/28 2014 03:17PM

Updated 03/31 2014 12:00PM

ILLINOIS -- This weekend, Illinois State Troopers are doing something for the first time. They're conducting Operation Sauter in honor of James Sauter.

His squad car was hit by a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel a year ago. It happened in northern Illinois.

Through Sunday, troopers will be aggressively patrolling roadways looking for drowsy drivers. Nearly 6,000 fatal crashes are caused annually by sleepy drivers.

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