Police are cracking down on seatbelt laws this holiday weekend

MOLINE, Illinois-- Illinois State Police and other local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on Click it or Ticket efforts in the state during the holiday season.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 17 people died on Illinois roadways over the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend. Many of the deaths and injuries could have been prevented with a seat belt or the choice to designate a sober driver.

This year, Illinois law enforcement will conduct Roadside Safety Checks and Alcohol Enforcement Zones as a way to help get that number as close to zero as possible.

"Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is now considered the drinking holiday of the year, so plan accordingly. Make sure you designate a driver, make sure you already have something lined upĀ in the way of a taxi or Uber or the bus," says Officer Jason Wilson, Illinois State Trooper.

Law enforcement officers will also be out and about in Iowa. Just this year, 351 people have died on Iowa roadways. That's up almost 25 percent from last year.