Extra patrols planned for Thanksgiving weekend

Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

DeKALB – The DeKalb Police Department and Illinois State Police are cracking down on drunk drivers and drivers not wearing seatbelts Thanksgiving.

The joint effort will include nighttime enforcement patrols throughout the holiday weekend. Police will watch for unsafe drivers and those driving on suspended or revoked licenses, those transporting open alcohol, those driving under the influence and those not wearing seatbelts, an Illinois Department of Transportation news release states.

“Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing a seatbelt and arrest those choosing to drive impaired,” DeKalb Police Lt. James McDougall said in a news release.

DeKalb police will have additional enforcement at night, when seatbelt use is at its lowest and impaired driving is the biggest problem, the release states.

Gary Dumdie, DeKalb Sheriff’s chief deputy, said more sheriff’s deputies will not be on the road during the holiday weekend, but they will continue to focus on impaired driving.

“We’re always very proactive with [stopping] impaired driving every day,” he said.

Dumdie also warned against distracted driving during the busy travel weekend.

“People should be a little more aware and at peak in defensive driving,” he said.

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