Decatur and Springfield Police Increase Enforcement for Independence Day

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS – Police and sheriff's departments all over Illinois are working together to raise enforcement efforts from June 22 through July 5.

Illinois police departments announced plans today to increase Independence Day traffic enforcement focusing on both drunk and unbuckled drivers. They will concentrate their efforts on late-night hours. Statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occurring late at night and involving a drunk driver and/or unbuckled motorist.

This crackdown acts as a part of the statewide Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It Or Ticket efforts.

The Decatur Police Department as well as the Springfield Police Department joins the Illinois State Police and hundreds of other police and sheriff's departments throughout the state.

To avoid a potential crash or drunk driving arrests, Illinois police departments recommend following these tips:

·         Do not let friends or family members drive drunk.

·         Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys;

·         If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely;

·         Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911;

·         Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against a drunk driver.

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