IDOT cracking down on impaired drivers this holiday weekend

State Police and local law enforcement will have extra patrols on the road watching out for dangerous drivers. (WICS)

The Christmas season is one of the busiest travel times of the year and millions of people are preparing to hit the road.

If you're drinking don't drive. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) shares in the past five years, 4 out 10 of the fatal crashes were due to drunk driving.

Officials remind drivers to buckle up, follow speed limits, avoid any distractions and put the phone down.

From December 18 through January 2, State Police and local law enforcement will have extra patrols on the road watching out for dangerous drivers.

"With increased traffic comes an increase in crashes, unfortunately. The more people we have on the roads, the more the opportunity is just there so we encourage people to drive defensively and practice those safe driving behaviors," Kelsea Gurski, IDOT Spokesperson, said.

IDOT's crash data shows that nine people died last year during the Christmas weekend on Illinois' roads, two of those deaths involved a crash in which at least one driver tested positive for alcohol.

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