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Police departments plan St. Patrick's day enforcement

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:33 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:19 a.m. CST

Local police departments are gearing up for extra enforcement for the days around St. Patrick's Day.

With grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation, police departments in communities such as Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Crystal Lake and Bull Valley will be conducting special patrols as part of a crackdown on drunk drivers.

"We are reminding everyone this weekend to 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and to Click it or Ticket,' " said Bull Valley Sgt. James Page. "If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver before the party begins. Be responsible, or risk a DUI."

Some of those extra patrols begin on Thursday.

The Crystal Lake police department advised people to plan ahead, call a taxi if they are drunk, make sure everyone has their seatbelts fastened, and to report drunk drivers on the road.

Police departments also recommended if people are hosting parties, to serve lots of food and have non-alcoholic beverages, and take guests' keys away if they're thinking of driving drunk.

"St. Patrick's Day is one of the most widely celebrated saint's days in the world, but all too often it shares that great distinction with a far lesser one – too many people are driving drunk and killing or maiming themselves and others on the road as a result," said Sgt. Eric Decker of the Lake in the Hills Police Department.

"Even if you've think you've had only a few drinks and are just feeling buzzed, don't kid yourself because buzzed driving is drunk driving," Decker added.

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