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Holiday crackdown targets seat-belt scofflaws, DUI

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2:01 a.m. CST, November 23, 2010

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State police are stepping up seat-belt and
drunken driving enforcement over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Police will be scouring roadways in a five-state mobilization
effort covering Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio.

Michael Witter is regional administrator for the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
and he says the goal is to
save lives.

During the 2008 Thanksgiving holiday season, the most recent
data available, 1,120 people died in vehicle crashes nationwide. In
cases with seat-belt information available, more than half of those
killed weren’t buckled up.

Witter says speeders and car occupants who don’t buckle up can
expect to be ticketed. And he says anyone caught driving impaired
will be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Click It or Ticket effort runs Thursday through Sunday.

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