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Various Illinois and Indiana police agencies are partnering for a two-day, Region-wide blitz, starting tonight.

The "Illiana Blitz," which ends 2 a.m. Sunday, will focus on increasing driver safety and awareness, while also working to reducing traffic fatalities, according to an Illinois State Police news release.

“Next week marks the beginning of the busy Fourth of July holiday travel season and this partnership shows the commitment we have to our public safety goals,” Illinois Police Capt. Dominic Chiappini said in the department's release. “Our aim is to increase public safety through education and enforcement efforts.” 

Beginning at 9 p.m., the dual-state detail will concentrate on the Illinois roadways bordering and near the Indiana state line — Interstate 294, Interstate 80/94 and Illinois 394. Local agencies will monitor any roadways in their jurisdictions that feed into these specific interstates.

Participating agencies include Illinois State Police District 15, Illinois State Police District Chicago, Indiana State Police, Hammond Police Department and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

"(Illinois State Police) have conducted multi-agency partnerships in Illinois several times in the past," the department release stated. "(But) this detail will also involve multiple jurisdictions and agencies from a neighboring state."

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Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.