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IDOT and Law Enforcement Partner to Crack Down on Traffic Violators over Thanksgiving Weekend

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is kicking off the Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns with the Illinois State Police Monday.  Heavy traffic is expected with the Holiday weekend.  State and local law enforcement agencies are joining IDOT's efforts to improve highway safety by removing impaired drivers, citing motorists who text while driving, and ticketing motorists who drive unbuckled.

The ISP will patrol the interstates and conduct details directed at the Fatal Four moving violations, driving under the influence (DUI), and speed enforcement.  The goal is to reduce traffic crash fatalities, promote safe driving habits, and discourage impaired driving, distracted driving and other unsafe driving behavior.  Eight people died in traffic crashes in Illinois last Thanksgiving, with four killed in crashes involving drunk driving.  839 people were injured statewide last year over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The ISP offers safety tips for those who choose to celebreate with alcohol this Thanksgiving.  Do not drink and drive, and designate a sober driver.  Buckle up and make sure that all vehicle occupants are properly restrained.  Pay attention to the weather and road conditions.  Slow down and obey posted speed limits.  Take extra precautions on rural roads with 55 mile per hour speed limits.  Avoid distractions such as cell phone use. Be extra alert around construction zones. Call local authorities if an unsafe driver is observed.

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