Illinois State Police crack down during Super Bowl weekend

By Alyssa Donovan

February 3, 2013 Updated Feb 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Illinois State Police are reminding fans here at home to prepare their own “game plan,” one that gets you home safely after the big game.

Police are bulking up patrols this weekend, especially focusing on the FATAL-4 violations, DUI, speeding, distracted driving, and not wearing your seat belt.

In 2012, state troopers issued more than 1,000 FATAL-4 citations during Super Bowl weekend. Last year, four lives were lost as a result of alcohol-related crashes.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White suggests using public transportation.

White said, "Alcohol and gas is a terrible brew the two should never meet and if you are going to consume alcohol, you should make sure that you know how to get from that event home in a safe and responsible manner."

State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce says you should always have a designated driver or plan to stay where you are.

"We find that some people go to the parties and think they are just going to have one or two and you know sometimes that can be too many when getting out on the roadways," said Pierce. "The best bet is not to drink anything before they get behind the wheel and drive home. We want everyone to go out and have an enjoyable time and we want them to return home safely though to their families."

Pierce says giving your car keys to a friend is also a good idea to be extra safe.

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