Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and too much celebrating can lead to traffic fatalities.
State officials are encouraging motorists to stay sober and celebrate responsibly. According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation, 13 people died in traffic crashes during Memorial Day weekend in 2011; six of those crashes were alcohol-related.
During the 2010 holiday weekend, there were 16 fatalities, seven of which were alcohol-related. In 2009, 18 of 30 crash fatalities were alcohol-related.
DUI and seatbelt patrols will be ramped up by IDOT, Illinois State Police, and local law enforcement agencies. Drivers are advised to stay sober and not drink and drive.
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