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Police announce traffic enforcement crackdown

CAMPTON HILLS – The Campton Hills Police Department will participate in the 2014 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown, the department announced in a news release.

“The numbers do not lie,” Chief Dan Hoffman said in the release. “To help prevent fatalities on Illinois roadways, we are stepping up our late-night enforcement efforts, making sure impaired drivers are off the road and motorists are buckled up.”

Statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that midnight to 3 a.m. is the deadliest time on Illinois roads, police said.

That time frame also has the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and the lowest use of occupant restraints, police said.

Campton Hills police provided these tips to help avoid a crash or arrest for impaired driving:

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

• Use a taxi, mass transit or call a sober friend or relative to drive you home.

• Promptly report impaired drivers to law enforcement.

• Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers are buckled up.

The extra enforcement is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Transportation Safety.

“If you drive impaired or unbuckled at night, we will find you and arrest you or give you a ticket,” Hoffman said.

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