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updated: 12/19/2013 7:04 AM

Illinois kicks off driving enforcement for holidays

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Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois officials and local law enforcement agencies are planning roadside checks to kick off their holiday safe-driving campaign.

The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and hundreds of police and sheriff's departments announced their end-of-year effort on Wednesday.

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The campaign will feature the familiar "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click it or Ticket" themes and include hundreds of roadside checks for drunken driving and safety-belt use through the first weekend of 2014.

Illinois has seen 950 traffic fatalities through Dec. 17 -- 20 more than the same period last year.

Recently released federal data show drunken driving deaths increased 15 percent from 2011 to 2012.

But it also shows a drop of 29 percent since 2007 -- from 439 to 321 in 2012.

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