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July 15, 2018

7/3/2018 10:32:00 AM
Drunken drivers won't escape cops this week
Sheriff's office joins ISP, other agencies to keep holiday safe.
The Crawford County Sheriff's Office announced its plans for July 4 traffic enforcement with focus on drunk and unbuckled drivers.

The crackdown will run through July 8, to encompass the Independence Day holiday, an all-too-often deadly time on Illinois roads.

"We encourage local resident to celebrate Independence Day safely," said Sheriff William Rutan. "If you're going to drink, don't drive. Too many people die behind the wheel each year because of those who choose to drive impaired by alcohol or other drugs. Our officers will be out in full force, showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers."

Crawford County Sheriff's Office will join the Illinois State Police and more than 150 local police and sheriff's departments for the increased statewide enforcement effort.

"This Fourth of July, designate a sober driver and don't let friends or family members drive drunk," said Rutan.

Other tips include:

• Giving your designated driver your keys before you go out.

• If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a Lyft driver, take mass transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

• Promptly report drunken drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.

• Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defence against an impaired driver.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorist that impaired driving has "Life or Death" consequences.

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