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COLLINSVILLE, IL. (KMOX) - Over 1600 pounds of marijuana, more than 3000 vehicle crashes and some $800,000 in cash confiscated. Those are just some of the statistics released by Illinois State Police for the year just ended.

And those figures are for District 11 which includes  Madison, St. Clair, Clinton, Bond, and Monroe counties. State Police District 11 Commander, Captain Brad Parsons says the big concern , fatalities,  totaled 79.  The reasons for the fatal crashes fell into the four familiar categories: DUI , speeding, not wearing seat belts and distracted drivers.  He says of those four violations the most citations were issued for speeding, nearly 12,000. The fewest number of citations were issued for distracted driving : 99.

Troopers  arrested 419 people for DUI and more than six thousand citations were issued for seat belt /child restraint violations.

District 11 Troopers made nearly two thousand arrests during 2011.  Weapons charges, drug possession, drug trafficking, domestic battery, and outstanding warrants were among the reasons for the arrests.

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