Police will be boosting patrols in Illinois starting at 6 p.m. today. (Photo by Charlie Bossingham)
By Nick Gale
CHICAGO - This is one of the heaviest travel times of the year, and you can bet on additional law enforcement on the roads.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is calling this holiday’s boost of law enforcement the “Drive to Survive.”
IDOT, the Illinois State Police and nearly 300 local law enforcement agencies statewide will be out in force looking for those not wearing a seat belt and impaired drivers this Thanksgiving weekend. Additional patrols begin 6 p.m. Wednesday and run through 6 a.m. Monday.
The “Drive to Survive” enforcement effort will focus on nighttime hours when data show more vehicle occupants die in crashes than any other time of the day. Motorists can expect to see roadside safety checks, seat belt enforcement zones and other police saturation patrols from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
Last year, eight people died in traffic crashes on Illinois roadways and 839 others were injured during Thanksgiving weekend. Of the eight people killed, four died in crashes where at least one driver had been drinking.