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Police increase patrols during New Year’s holiday

December 31, 2018

Illinois authorities are stepping up traffic enforcement and reminding motorists to drive sober during the New Year’s holiday.

Illinois State Police say they’re joining with the Illinois Department of Transportation and about 200 local law enforcement agencies to add patrols and keep roads safe. The extra enforcement started Thursday and continues through Tuesday.

IDOT safety programs chief Cynthia Watters said six people died on Illinois roads during the last New Year’s holiday and four of those were alcohol-related.

ISP Director Leo Schmitz said in addition to stopping people suspected of drunk driving, officers also will have zero tolerance for speeding, people not wearing seatbelts, distracted driving and other offenses.

Local law enforcement will have a strong presence tonight as New Year’s Eve celebrations will be taking place.

One way to avoid a potential brush with the law is to use River Valley Metro. The public bus service will be offering free rides on its local routes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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