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Increase in roadside safety checks during the holiday season

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and more than 230 law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in a widespread effort to save lives during the holiday season.

“There's not much worse than someone knocking on your door saying your loved one has been involved in a traffic crash,” Illinois State Trooper, Bridget Rice said. “Especially during this time of year.”

According to the IDOT, the total number of fatalities in 2013 was 956. 

This year, as of December 17, the number of deaths is 878. 

Officers state they don't want that number to increase. 

With more traffic flow during the holidays, officers are increasing roadside safety checks during the evening and residents believe it's needed.

“I think it is a good idea. Anytime that safety is involved, and can reduce the causalities that are happening on the road, it's an important thing,” Illinois resident, Nels Morris said.

“Sometimes, you know we still need those reminders to stay safe and that seat belts still need to be around,” Illinois resident, Charles Adu said.

People driving during the holidays can expect hundreds more roadside safety checks, seat belt enforcement zones and other police saturation patrols looking for impaired drivers from now until January 1.

This holiday initiative will coincide with IDOT's website series called The Driving Dead. 

It is based off of the TV show “The Walking Dead.” 

This series shows zombie-filled adventures of characters who find themselves in situations that depict the dangers of driving under the influence and not wearing a seat belt. 

The first episode premiered in the summer of 2014, featuring Michael Rooker from “The Walking Dead” television show. 

The episode received more than 640,000 views on YouTube worldwide. 

For more information on “The Driving Dead Series,” click here.

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