It's a message that is becoming synonymous with holidays...police will be out in full force this weekend. Local, county and state police will be on alert all across the country and special roadside safety checks are planned throughout the midwest today through Sunday, with more planned into the month of December and into the New Year

Illinois State Police Lieutenant Brian Lee says they'll be looking for drunk and distracted drivers, speeders, and those who aren't wearing seat belts.

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There will be more than 17-hundred seat belt enforcement zones and 40 roadside safety checks across the state. More than 700 people were injured on Illinois roadways over Thanksgiving weekend in 2010. Fifteen people were killed.


(Metro News/WBGZ-ME)