Illinois to enforce traffic laws during holiday -

Illinois to enforce traffic laws during holiday

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois authorities will celebrate the 10th anniversary this weekend of the "Click It or Ticket" safety belt-enforcement campaign.  

The Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police will team up to boost enforcement with hundreds more seatbelt crackdown zones during the heavily traveled Memorial Day weekend. 

"Click It or Ticket" advocates have credited the program with pushing seatbelt compliance to 93 percent and saving 4,335 lives since 2000.  

The federal government is sending $1.58 million in safety money to the state police, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and more than 500 local law enforcement agencies.  

There will be more than 1,200 safety belt enforcement zones and 1,000 safety belt "saturation patrols." Impaired driving enforcement will be increased and there will be more than 60 roadside safety checks.     

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