Illinois State Police crack down on distracted driving

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Illinois State Police is cracking down on distracted driving this holiday season as troopers are out on the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge for a special detail.

Every thanksgiving, millions of drivers take to the roads and highways to join their loved ones for the holiday. Illinois State Police says this year those trips could prove to be more dangerous than ever.

Beginning Friday, state police have added extra patrols on the bridge to look for distracted drivers, enforce seat belt safety, and identify drunk drivers, all in a concerted effort to cut down on accidents on the bridge.

According to the Illinois State Police, distracted drivers kill or injure more than a thousand people every day.