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State police to step up local patrols for Super Bowl

PECATONICA — The Illinois State Police said Wednesday they would be stepping up moving violation enforcement during this Super Bowl weekend.

District 16 Interim Commander Lt. Carl Heintz said troopers will be on the lookout for what ISP calls “FATAL-4” violations: DUI, speeding, distracted driving and seat belt compliance.

During last year’s Super Bowl, ISP officers issued 1,744 such violations, including 195 alcohol-related arrests. ISP says two alcohol-related crashes occurred during the 2017 Super Bowl weekend, resulting in two fatalities.

“District 16 will conduct roving patrols in high fatality areas throughout the weekend,” ISP said in a statement. “If you drive impaired, expect to be pulled over.”

State police are also warning drivers to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles. Failure to move over for any stopped vehicle displaying flashing lights may result in a $10,000 fine, a two-year suspension of driving privileges and possible jail time. R.

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