Traffic fatalities in Illinois are on pace to increase this year, compared to last... following three straight years of declines.
But state officials hope to reverse the trend.
They say warm, dry weather had more people out on the roads early in the year, and that contributed to the increase in accidents and deaths.
But they say greater diligence in obeying traffic laws over the holidays will save lives.
Police plan to be out in large numbers through Thanksgiving and Christmas, watching out for speeders, drunk drivers, and seat belt violations.