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McHenry County police ramping up patrol during holidays

Lakemoor, Lake in the Hills officials participating in 'Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign

LAKEMOOR – Lakemoor and Lake in the Hills police will be on the lookout for drunken drivers this holiday season through Jan. 2.

The agencies have partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police for a year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, according to news releases from both departments.

From now through New Year’s Day, drivers will see more police watching for impaired drivers and passengers who aren’t wearing seat belts.

Last year, 37,461 people were killed in motor-vehicle crashes in the U.S. Of those killed, 28 percent died in crashes in which a driver had a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.08 percent, according to the releases.

Impaired drivers are required to serve jail time, lose their licenses, are charged higher insurance rates and are required to pay attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, the releases stated.

“We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help save lives by keeping impaired drivers off the road,” Lakemoor Police Chief David Godlewski said in a statement.

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