State and local Police are gearing up for their annual St. Patrick's Day traffic enforcement campaign.  St. Patrick's Day festivities often include all-day drinking events, parades and parties, so cops are beefing up patrols and holding roadside safety checks.

Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons:

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Nine people lost their lives in St. Patrick's Day car crashes statewide over the past five years.  That does not include accidents in the days leading up to March 17th.


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