Motorists should expect to see beefed up police patrols on the roads over the next several weeks. Between Cinco de Mayo on Sunday and Memorial Day weekend, state and local police will be staging roadside safety checks and seatbelt enforcement zones in hopes of reducing the number of fatal accidents around the state.
Alton Police Officer Stephen January says if you plan to party, do so responsibly:
Police are placing the biggest focus on the overnight hours, when people are less likely to buckle up, and more likely to drink and drive. There were several traffic fatalities last year that involved the "deadly three" factors of time, alcohol and age.