The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public to keep New Year’s celebrations off the road. State and local police are stepping up patrols this weekend and will be on the lookout for drunk driver and those not buckled up. I-DOT spokesperson Kelsea Gurski says there are plenty of options for getting home safely.
There have been 46 fatalities during the New Year’s holiday over the past 5 years. 41 percent of those deaths involved alcohol.