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Authorities planning New Year's DUI checkpoints, increasing enforcement

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Authorities plan to increase enforcement during the New Year's weekend as part of an effort to create safer roads.

Deputy Chief Mike Flaningam, from the Carterville Police Department, said they'll have extra officers patrolling the streets this weekend, thanks to a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

"For the two week period around Christmas and New Year's, we have extra patrols out for DUI enforcement and seat belt enforcement," Flaningam said.

Mt. Vernon police and the Williamson County Sheriffs Department told News 3 they're also beefing up their presence and conducting DUI checkpoints throughout the weekend.

"The thing I'd remind people of is when you're drinking, the first thing that goes is your judgment," Flaningam said. “The double effect of the parties, people drinking, and then the inclement weather. You combine the two and you got treacherous road conditions and people that are impaired driving. That could lead to some really bad wrecks.”

He encourages people to plan ahead to avoid those bad wrecks. 

"Cabs, uber, anything where you're not the one behind the wheel if you've been drinking," Flaningam said. "I want everyone to go out there and have a good time. We want everyone to do it safely, and get home and start the new year alive."

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