There’s no July 4 weekend this year, but the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and hundreds of local police departments around the state are starting now with a concentrated holiday enforcement effort focused on drunk driving and seat belt compliance.

“What we’re trying to do is make sure people designate a sober driver, buckle up, and certainly not drive impaired. That’s why we’re doing these enforcement mobilizations for the entire two-week period,” says IDOT Division of Traffic Safety interim director John Webber.

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During the crackdown, 175 roadside safety checks and more than 500 saturation patrols will be conducted throughout the state.  In addition, more than 500 seat belt enforcement zones will be implemented at night when belt usage is typically the lowest.

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