Ten people died in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois during last year's Fourth of July weekend. Seven of those fatalities involved a driver who'd been drinking.
To prevent crashes, police throughout the state are cracking down on drunk driving and enforcing seat belt laws this weekend.
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The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding drivers of the financial costs of driving under the influence. The department says the average cost of a DUI arrest is nearly $19,000. That includes fines, legal fees and increased insurance costs.
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig says there's been a decrease in fatalities and injuries on Illinois roadways in recent years. He credits traffic safety programs, safety engineering, law enforcement partnerships and seat belts.