Police plan weekend crackdown on drunk and distracted driving

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Local law enforcement will be stepping up patrols as millions of Americans hit the road for Memorial Day weekend.

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, and Rock Island Police Department announced plans to increase seat-belt enforcement and crack down on drunk driving over the holiday weekend.

During last year's Memorial Day weekend, state troopers arrested 147 intoxicated drivers. This year, Illinois State Police will again focus on impaired drivers by increasing roadside safety checks and roving patrols.

According to ISP, 43 percent of crashes in which the victim was not wearing their seat-belt resulted in serious injury or death.

Police will also be on the lookout for drivers who are speeding or using a cell phone.

AAA estimates 33 million drivers will travel over the extended weekend, the highest number in 10 years.

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