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Campton Hills police begin crackdown on drunken driving, seat belt violations

Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:48 p.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – Campton Hills police are cracking down on drunken and unbuckled drivers as part of a special traffic enforcement period that runs through July 6, the police department announced Wednesday in a news release.

"Summer is in full force, and so is the summer travel season," Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman said in the release. "All too often, that means more traffic and more traffic crashes, and Independence Day can be one of the deadliest summer travel times."

The enforcement is part of the statewide Independence Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" effort.

It will focus on late-night hours because statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths happen late and involve a drunken driver or an unbuckled motorist. The Campton Hills Police Department offered these recommendations to avoid a potential crash or drunk driving arrest:

• Designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.

• Don't let friends or family members drive drunk.

• If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend for transportation.

• Report drunken drivers you see on the road by pulling over and calling 911.

• Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt.

The traffic enforcement is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety.

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