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CLPD urges safety during St. Patrick’s celebration

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

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.

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