CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Police Department will conduct a Independence Day traffic enforcement, focusing on both drunk and unbuckled drivers.
The intensified enforcement will focus on late-night hours because statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve a drunken driver, unbuckled motorist or both.
The crackdown is part of the statewide Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket effort. Crystal Lake police will join the Illinois State Police and more than 200 other local police and sheriff’s departments in a statewide enforcement period, which begins Friday and runs through Wednesday.
Crystal Lake police recommend designating a sober driver and not letting friends or family members drive drunk. Other important tips include:
• Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person the keys.
• If drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
• Promptly report drunken drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
• Make sure everyone in the vehicle wears a seat belt. It is the best defense against a drunken driver.
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety.