CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Police Department will be cracking down on drunken drivers and seat-belt violators during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
The stepped-up enforcement will begin today and run through St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday.
Enforcement efforts will concentrate on the hours between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The Crystal Lake Police Department recommends designating a sober driver ahead of time and not letting friends and family drive drunk as just two simple steps to avoid a crash or a drunken driving arrest. Other important tips include:
• If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
• Promptly report drunken drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.
• Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers are buckled up. It is your best defense against a drunken driver.
The law enforcement crackdown is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with funds made available via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.