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Police departments plan special enforcement for Fourth of July

Several area police departments have announced their plans for July 4 traffic enforcement, focusing on both drunken and unbuckled drivers.

Participating departments include Lake in the Hills, Spring Grove and Woodstock.

The effort will focus on late-night hours, as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve drunken drivers or unbuckled motorists.

The Illinois State Police and hundreds of police and sheriff’s departments will join in the statewide enforcement effort that begins Friday and runs through July 7. It is part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" campaigns.

To avoid a potential crash or drunken-driving arrest, the police departments recommend designating a sober driver and not letting friends or family members drive drunk.

Other important tips:

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

• 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 on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.

• Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt.

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

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