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SG police target drunken drivers on July 4

SPRING GROVE – Spring Grove Police announed its plans for July 4th traffic enforcement, focusing on both drunk and unbuckled drivers.

The intensified enfocement effort will focus on late-night hours. Statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths that happen late night and involve a drunken and/or unbuckled drivers.

The crackdown is part of the statewide Independence Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" effort.

"Too many people die behind the wheel each year due to those who choose to drive after drikning, so our officers will be out in full force this Fourth of July showing zero tolderance for drunk drivers," Spring Grove Police Chief Tom Sanders said in a news release.

Spring Grove Police Department will join the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local police and sheriff's departments in a statewide enforcement effort that begins June 22 and runds through July 4.

There are many tips to avoid a potential crash or arrest involving drunken driving, such as designating a sober driver and not letting friends or family members drive drunk.

Other tips include:

• Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.

• If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit, or call a sober friend to drive you home safely.

• Use your community's designated driver program.

• Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.

• Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against a drunk driver.

The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety.

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