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Police are getting serious about seat belts an DWIs

Those not wearing seat belts and driving under the influence of alcohol are now being targeted by police officers of both Iowa and Illinois. They now have more officers in those areas patrolling the streets looking for these violations, according to a New York Criminal Lawyer. Click It or Ticket and You Drink and Drive are two long time campaigns that are now linked together according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The extra patrolling being done in Iowa is know as the special Traffic Enforcement Program, or TEP. This will include 2,000 extra seat belt enforcement zones and much more patrolling at night to enforce these laws. This also includes 68 roadside safety checks.

Illinois has had a decline in deadly traffic accidents at a time of the year when numbers are usually on the rise due to increased travel with the holidays. Last years drop in fatalities was the first time since 1921 that there have been less than 1,000 people killed on the road. The state is also on track to be below 1,000 again this year.

Even though the numbers have been on the decline, the DOT is warning drivers to use caution on the road in this holiday season. Dan Wood of the DOT said.”It’s a time (of year) when we can forget that risky driving behavior can kill. Even one death, as everyone knows, is too many.” There was a fatality on Halloween that killed a 40 year old trick-or-treating with her son.

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