Police plan extra patrols for holiday weekend

News-DemocratJuly 3, 2013 

More than 300 law enforcement agencies in the state will be out in force over the holiday for the annual Independence Day crackdown on drunken drivers.

More than 100 roadside safety checks and more than 500 saturation patrols will be out on Illinois roads through Sunday to find and remove drunk drivers from the roads. Nearly 400 safety belt enforcement zones and more than 380 nighttime seat belt saturation patrols will also be conducted across the state.

The increased patrols and safety checks will cost more than $750,000. The money comes from federal traffic safety funds.

So far this year, 458 people have died in crashes in Illinois. Last year, during the same time frame, 459 people died in car crashes, according to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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