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Crime & Courts

Thanksgiving traffic crackdown nets 5 DUI arrests, 2 fugitives

SYCAMORE – A 10-day seat-belt enforcement blitz during the Thanksgiving holiday by DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies produced multiple arrests along with a stolen car, two fugitives and several dangerous drivers, police said Thursday.

The special enforcement effort focused on one of the busiest travel times of the year, from Nov. 17 to 27. Arrests and citations during that period include:

• 11 uninsured drivers

• 10 speeding tickets

• Nine seat-belt violations

• Nine drivers with suspended or revoked licenses

• Five driving under the influence arrests

• Three child-seat citations

• Two drug arrests

• A felony arrest

Police also recovered a stolen vehicle, according to the news release.

The initiative was part of the nationwide Click It or Ticket mobilization campaign, which attempts to reduce the number of highway fatalities by issuing tickets to unbuckled drivers and arresting impaired ones.

Although the mobilization has ended, the sheriff’s office is reminding motorists to remain buckled up.

“Our officers are out year-round,” Lt. Jim Burgh said in a news release. “If you or your passengers, front or back, are caught not wearing a seat belt, you will be cited for the violation.”

Click or It Ticket is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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