You can expect to see a lot more police on Illinois roads through the Labor Day weekend. Hundreds of local police departments will team with the state and participate in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Alton Police Sgt. Mike Gordon says that will include roadside safety checks and extra patrols.
As of Tuesday, there have been 562 motor vehicle fatalities in the state this year, which is 83 fewer than at this time last year. Gordon says that is because more people are buckling up and not driving drunk
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Recent years have seen an increase in seatbelt usage, with up to 94% of motorists now buckling up. While the cops will be out through the weekend, there is a focus on the overnight hours when most fatalities occur.