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Authorities to increase enforcement for Labor Day weekend

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Law enforcement agencies on both sides of the river will be out in full force over the Labor Day weekend.

According to Illinois State Police, Labor Day weekend is one the busiest driving periods for drivers and millions of people are expected to hit the roadways and interstates nationwide.

That is why authorities are encouraging everyone to take extra precautions.

"Find a designated driver, find a designated texter. Slow down, use your seat belt, and with those four keys, you stand a greater chance of not being involved in a fatality crash," Illinois State Police trooper, Joey Watson said.

The Illinois State Police and more than 250 local police and sheriff departments throughout the state are will be out during the holiday weekend.

Troopers will conduct safety checks to ensure drivers are not under the influence.

Law enforcement across the Heartland will be on the lookout for speeding, driving while intoxicated, distracted driving and seat belt compliance.

Missouri State Highway Patrol will participate in the statewide special enforcement operation during the peak travel periods on Friday, September 4, and Monday, September 7. Troopers will be assigned to Interstate 55 to maximize visibility. Enforcement efforts on secondary roads will be conducted as well.

ISP troopers are pushing for zero fatalities on the roads over the holiday weekend.

The Cape Girardeau Police Department will be working with the  Southeast Missouri DWI Task Force to crack down on drunk driving. Drivers can expect to see a sobriety checkpoint as the department enforces the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign during August 21 to September 7.

In Williamson County, sheriff's deputies will host several roadside safety checks at different locations throughout the area. The goal is to detect and remove impaired drivers from the road.

The traffic safety campaign in Williamson County will continue through the entire month of September.

ISP reports during the Labor Day weekend in 2013, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide. Almost half (48%) of those fatal crashes involved alcohol.

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