Troopers on the lookout for drivers breaking the law

By WEEK Producer

November 26, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 11:56 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Illinois state police are on the lookout for drivers breaking the law this holiday.

Many were surprised to see troopers at the off-ramp at Route 6 and War Memorial Drive on Tuesday.

In 3 and a half hours, they issued 30 tickets to those not wearing seat belts.

Those killed in crashes across the state are up this year.

Trooper Dustin Pierce says more of them are happening on two-lane roads and in the city.

"Motorists often think if they're going slower speeds that it's not important to be paying 100% attention or wearing seat belts. I've seen a lot of crashes that happen in town at slow speeds where cars have been rolled over and people thrown out at speeds not very high," said Illinois State Trooper Dustin Pierce.

In addition to seat belts, police will target speeding and impaired and distracted driving.

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