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AAA estimates 50 million people will hit the roads during the Thanksgiving weekend, and the state of Illinois is hoping all of them make it to where they are going.
The Secretary of State, the State Police, and the Illinois Department of Transportation are offering the same holiday safety reminder: Slow down, buckle up, get off the phone, and never drink and drive.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said it’s the same advice they’ve been offering for years. And for a good reason.
"Drinking and driving should not ever occur," White said. "After you have consumed more than your fair share of alcohol, make sure that you have a designated driver."
The Illinois Department of Transportation is offering the same advice.
"Around the holiday we often see people who are out having a good time," IDOT’s Jessie Decker said. "We want to make sure that everyone gets to where they are going safely. There can be increases in crashes due to drinking and driving, so we really want everyone to make sure they have a designated driver and that they wear their safety belt this holiday weekend."
Transportation officials say they’ve already started their Thanksgiving holiday Click-It-or-Ticket campaign.