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Police departments plan extra enforcement for holidays

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 10:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 10:38 p.m. CDT

Area police departments are stepping up enforcement to make sure people are wearing seat belts and aren't driving drunk during the holidays.

Algonquin police and Lake in the Hills police, among others, will have extra enforcement through Jan. 5 with the help of grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

"You'll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk driving," said Algonquin Sgt. Jeff Sutrick.

James Wales, Lake in the Hills director of police and public safety, recommended designating a sober driver and not letting anyone drive drunk.

He added people should plan ahead or call a taxi, as well as report drunk drivers to law enforcement.

The Lake in the Hills Police Department said the period between midnight and 3 a.m. is the deadliest time on the road. The department added that alcohol and lack of seat belt use play a much more significant role in motor vehicle deaths after 9 p.m.

"We will be stepping up our late-night enforcement efforts, making sure drunk drivers are off the road and motorists are buckled up," said Lake in the Hills Sgt. Eric Decker.

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