Cops Step Up Patrols for Thanksgiving Travel

Illinois is on track to record a second straight year with fewer than 1,000 motor vehicle deaths

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 AM CDT
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Hitting the road for the long holiday weekend? Illinois transportation officials say be prepared for more than 2,000 seat belt enforcement zones, 68 roadside safety checks
and almost 1,000 additional nighttime patrols.

Those are new details of a Thanksgiving holiday safety crackdown announced earlier this week.
 
The mobilization is targeting seatbelt scofflaws and drunken driving.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is partnering with state police and other authorities in the four-day safety mobilization.

During last year's Thanksgiving holiday, 12 people died in crashes on Illinois roads. Most weren't wearing seat belts, and five involved a drinking driver.

Authorities say Illinois is on track to record a second straight year with fewer than 1,000 motor vehicle deaths. They're hoping the long holiday weekend doesn't raise that toll.

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