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Police working overtime to keep roads safe

SPRINGFIELD – State and local police officials will be working overtime during the New Year’s holiday to ensure motorists are sober and buckled up.

The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and more than 250 law enforcement agencies across the state said Monday their aim is to prevent fatal motor crashes and ring in 2014 with a safe start.

Hundreds of additional hours funded with federal money through IDOT will keep law enforcement officials on the road working overtime with roadside safety checks and seat belt enforcement zones.

IDOT crash data show from 2008 through 2012 during the New Year holiday, 38 people died in crashes on public roads. Forty percent of those died in accidents in which at least one driver had been drinking.

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