Law enforcement agencies statewide are cracking down on drunk driving and improper seatbelt usage between now and the end of the year. The Illinois State Police report alcohol-related traffic deaths have decreased since 2006, but even one death is too many as police agencies try to “drive zero fatalities to reality.” State trooper Mindy Carroll says police will target what she calls the Fatal Four ways to break the law.
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“Driving under the influence, speeding, distracted driving and driving without a seatbelt, with an emphasis on impaired driving,” she says. “If you’re going to drink, do not drive. If you choose to drink and drive, you will be arrested.” The Illinois Department of Transportation also plans to open more roads this holiday season, with non-emergency road work suspended from Friday afternoon through Sunday night, and again Dec. 30-Jan. 1.