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McHenry to crackdown on drunk driving ahead of St. Patrick's Day

McHENRY – The McHenry police department will be conducting special patrols in the days leading up to St. Patrick's Day as part of a statewide crackdown.

Officers will be on the lookout for drunk drivers and seat belt law violators March 13 through March 17, according to a news release.

All passengers in a vehicle are required to wear seat belts as of Jan. 1, 2012.

The crackdown is funded through federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The police department recommends that those looking to celebrate the holiday, call a taxi, use mass transit or have a designated driver; report drunk drivers; spend the night where the party is; and always buckle up.

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