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Crime & Courts

DUI patrols boosted for Fourth of July

CAMPTON HILLS – The Campton Hills Police Department is increasing enforcement through the Fourth of July week, seeking out drunken drivers as well as motorists who fail to wear a seat belt.

The police department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety to remind motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” and to “Click It or Ticket.”

The traffic enforcement campaign started Friday and runs through July 7.

“Year in and year out, Independence Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to an increase in drunk-driving fatalities,” Chief Dan Hoffman said in a news release. “Too many people die each year due to those who choose to drive after drinking, so our officers will be out in full force this Fourth of July showing zero tolerance for drunk drivers and belt law violators.”

Campton Hills police reminded drivers to plan ahead by designating a sober driver before going out, and giving car keys to the designated driver. They also reminded drivers of other alternatives to getting behind the wheel while drunk, such as calling a taxi, using mass transit or calling a sober friend or family member.

Police also ask other motorists to promptly report drunken drivers on the roads by pulling over and calling 911.

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