ISP, IDOT, Local law enforcement cracking down on impaired drivers

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Police is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation and more than 150 local law enforcement agencies in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road on St. Patrick's Day.

Authorities say officers will increase patrols, strongly enforce seat belt laws, and conduct roadside safety checks in order to crack down on drunk drivers.  

According to IDOT officials, nine people died in crashes on March 17 from 2011 until 2015, and three people died during the early morning hours of March 18 from 2011 until 2015.  Officials also say two of the fatalities on each day involved at least one driver who had been drinking.

Illinois State Police are urging motorists to report drunk drivers to law enforcement, and to wear a seat belt and make sure all passengers are as well.  For more information about this effort, click here.

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