Illinois state police to step up traffic patrols over Thanksgiving holiday

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ELGIN, Ill. — Illinois State Police will step up patrols by troopers as they seek to ensure compliance with seat belt and other laws during the busy Thanksgiving travel period.

The Click It or Ticket campaign will include seat-belt enforcement zones around the state. A Tuesday statement from state police says they’ll also aggressively enforce speeding, drunk-driving and distracted-driving laws.

State Police Capt. Michael Kraft says in the statement that everything should be done “in moderation.” He says that should be especially true when it comes to speed on the road and alcohol consumption.

The goal is to reduce numbers of potentially deadly crashes as millions of people hit the roads for Thanksgiving.

The stepped-up patrols and enforcement began on Friday. They end on Nov. 26.