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updated: 7/2/2014 5:48 PM

July 4 police enforcement:

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Through Sunday, July 6, the Illinois State Police, Illinois Secretary of State Police, and more than 320 local law enforcement agencies are joining the Illinois Department of Transportation in a crackdown on drunken drivers and drunken motorcycle operators. Enforcement efforts will focus on speeding, seat belts, distracted driving and DUI. Local police and sheriff's offices will put in thousands of additional patrol hours in the form of roadside safety checks, seat belt enforcement zones and saturation patrols to find drunken and unbuckled drivers and passengers. This stepped-up effort is intended to reduce crashes during a key summer travel time and to hold the line on motor vehicle fatalities. Provisional IDOT data show 392 people have died in motor vehicle crashes through July 1, compared to 477 during the same time frame in 2013. The effort is funded by nearly $1 million in federal traffic safety funds.

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