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Police beef up patrols for Cinco de Mayo

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To ensure safe driving, Police Departments conducted an enforcement campaign.

Beginning Wednesday, May 1, through Sunday, May 5, officers had a roadside safety check, several Safety Belt Enforcement Zones, and had saturation patrols throughout their Cinco de Mayo Campaign. Some zones also included nighttime enforcement.

The traffic campaigns are being funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program.

The police department is encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up, drive carefully and not to drive while impaired.

The Rock Island Police Department said they also joined in with others across the state to enforce drunk driving laws.

They said with Cinco de Mayo celebrations, alcohol-related crashes tend to rise. The police noted that buzzed-driving is drunk driving.

Police said that from 2007 to 2011, 38-percent of all motor vehicle fatalities occurred around May 5th, involving crashes with people whose blood alcohol content above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Any questions can be directed toward Captain John Reynolds at 309-752-1552.