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Play it safe this weekend

METAMORA - Illinois State Police (ISP) District 08 Commander, Steven Riesenberg, announces additional enforcement plans for the upcoming Super Bowl weekend. ISP Troopers will strictly enforce FATAL-4 moving violations which include; DUI, Speeding, Distracted Driving, and Seat Belt compliance. Additional emphasis will be placed on impaired driving.

During the 51st Super Bowl weekend, ISP Troopers issued 1,744 FATAL-4 citations statewide, 195 of which were alcohol related arrests. Two alcohol related crashes occurred during the 2017 Super Bowl weekend and resulted in two fatalities.

District 08 will conduct roving patrols and roadside safety checks in high fatality areas throughout the weekend. If you drive impaired, expect to be pulled over. Also, please be sure to watch for vehicles parked or sitting on the side of the road with flashing lights. If you see them, move over if possible, and slow down.

Alcohol is a leading factor in fatal traffic crashes, especially during celebratory weekends. The ISP is reminding motorists to help keep the roadways safe by planning ahead and designating a driver, calling a cab, or using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft. Everyone wins if the weekend fatal crash score is zero.

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