Over the coming days, drivers in Williamson County could find themselves being stopped for roadside safety checks by deputies with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office will be conducting roadside safety checks over the next few weeks in order to encourage safe driving through Halloween, Sheriff Bennie Vick announced in a press statement. The department's traffic safety campaign will run through the next several weeks, during both daytime and nighttime hours.

"These Roadside Safety Checks will be held at several different locations within Williamson County, for the purpose of detecting and removing impaired drivers from the road," according to the release. "Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be arrested. Deputies will also focus on seat belt usage and uninsured motorists."

Several DUI saturation patrols will also be scheduled through the next few weeks.

This enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, according to the release.

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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