Cinco de Mayo was yesterday, and the unofficial kickoff to summer is three weeks away, so it should be no surprise that there will be beefed up police patrols on the roads over the month of May.  Plenty of troopers and local cops will be out through the next several weeks, holding seat belt enforcement zones and roadside safety checks.

Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons says they especially want to remind drivers and passengers to buckle up in the wake of a couple of recent traffic deaths in the city.

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Police will focus patrols and safety checks mostly on the overnight hours, when people are less inclined to wear their seatbelt, and more likely to drink and drive.  Simmons says plan ahead of you are going to be drinking and designate a sober driver; if you are impaired, use mass transit or call someone that is sober to get you home safely; and wear your seat belt.  He says it is your best defense against an impaired driver.

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