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State police stepping up patrols for Super Bowl weekend

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By Staff Report
Posted on 2/3/2017, 12:09 PM

Illinois State Police districts 13 and 11 are rolling out enforcement plans for the 51st Super Bowl weekend.

ISP troopers will strictly enforce "fatal 4" moving violations, which includes DUI, speeding, distracted driving, and seat belt compliance, but will place an emphasis on impaired driving.

During the 50th Super Bowl weekend in 2016, troopers issued 2,494 fatal 4 citations statewide, 200 of which were alcohol-related arrests, nearly double the 105 alcohol arrests during the 49th Super Bowl weekend in 2015.

Districts 13 and 11 will conduct roving patrols and roadside safety checks in high fatality areas throughout the weekend. Motorists are advised that if they drive impaired, expect to be pulled over.

"I would like to remind everyone to celebrate responsibly, obey the speed limit, and refrain from using wireless devices while driving," said interim District 13/22 commander Lt. Michael Alvey, in a statement.

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 if those are available in your area.