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St. Charles Police Department to participate in Labor Day 'impaired driving crackdown' campaign

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Police Department will participate in a Labor Day weekend "impaired driving crackdown" campaign, with special emphasis on the period between midnight and 3 p.m., according to a news release.

The 2014 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” event will focus "on the deadliest time of day for motor vehicle fatalities," according to the release. "The intensified enforcement effort against the overwhelming number of late-night impaired drivers and seat belt-law violators emphasizes the disproportionate number of traffic deaths occurring during late-night hours."

According to the release, the law-enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Transportation Safety, and it runs concurrently with a media campaign that will remind motorists, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and to “Click It or Ticket.”

St. Charles Police recommend designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive impaired as two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving.

According to the release, there is data from IDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that suggests the midnight to 3 a.m. timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roads. The data also shows this time of day has the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and the lowest occupant restraint use, the release stated.

"The numbers do not lie," the release stated. "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."

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