Holiday police patrols to focus on DUIs

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb police want holiday boozers to beware: They’ll have extra officers on the road through Jan. 5 to crack down on drunken driving.

The patrols, funded through a yearlong grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, also will target drivers and passengers who are not wearing seatbelts, Sgt. Craig Woodruff said. Both seatbelts and sober driving take on more importance during snowy icy weather, Woodruff said.

“We don’t want an intoxicated driver taking out a sober one,” Woodruff said. “... There will be extra officers out working specifically on these details.

The crackdown is part of a statewide effort called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which includes an advertising campaign supported by state and federal funds.

Meanwhile, Sycamore and DeKalb County Sheriff’s police are maintaining their usual staffing levels, as well as their usual vigilance against drunken driving.

“For New Year’s Eve, we’re at full staff,” Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said. “That’s one of those nights we just make sure we’re at full staff.”

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