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Illinois law enforcement to increase patrols for New Year’s

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott
DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and almost 200 local law enforcement agencies remind motorists to drive sober during the New Year’s holiday.

Illinois motorists will see additional enforcement patrols across the state through Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the state. Six people died on IDOT roads over last year’s holiday and four of those were alcohol-related, according to the release.

The holiday campaign features the familiar “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” messages. Along with drunken drivers and seat belt offenses, law enforcement will show zero tolerance for speeding, distracted driving and other offenses.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said the sheriff’s office will not be officially participating in the statewide campaign, since they wouldn’t have the amount of staff they’d need to participate in the program. Like any other day of the year, the sheriff’s office will regard impaired driving enforcement as a high priority.

“We will be out in full force anyway, full staff, to do the traffic enforcement on that night,” Scott said.

Scott said drinking alcohol and driving is one of the most deadly combinations out there. He said he urges people to plan ahead and make sure to arrange for safe transportation means if they anticipate drinking for the New Year’s holiday.

“We hope that everyone has a safe and good New Year,” Scott said.

Scott said people can also call 911 if they see a suspected drunk driver and provide as much information as they can to the operator, including general description of the vehicle, direction of travel, or even a license plate number if people can get close enough safely.

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