A holiday weekend is coming up, and that means cops looking for lawbreakers on the roads.  State Police and 350 local departments are increasing patrol activities through Labor Day, conducting 200 roadside safety checks and 700 “saturation patrols,” looking for speeders, distracted drivers, DUI offenders and seat belt violators.
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Lt. Mike Kraft of the State Police says these enforcement efforts work. “Our No. 1 goal is saving lives, and with the motoring public’s cooperation, we are confident our efforts will result in fewer crashes and zero fatalities,” he said.  Many of the patrols will be at night, when DUI is more likely and seat belt use is less.  Nine people were killed in Labor Day weekend crashes in Illinois last year, 12 the year before. In 2007, there were 20 highway fatalities on Labor Day weekend, defined as the period from 6 p.m. the Friday before Labor Day through midnight on Labor Day.
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