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Lake in the Hills police increasing enforcement for Labor Day holiday

The Lake in the Hills Police Department will focus extra enforcement efforts toward cracking down on drunken driving and drug- and alcohol-related traffic offenses as part of the Saturation Saturday initiative.

Saturation Saturday is a statewide initiative with Mothers Against Drunk Driving Illinois, spearheading efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of drunken and drugged driving, and increase enforcement to remove and arrest individuals driving under the influence.

This initiative is in conjunction with the Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which began Monday and runs through Sept. 4.

“We want our community’s motorists to have a safe and happy holiday, so we’re reminding everyone [to] ride sober or get pulled over. Our officers will show zero tolerance with DUI, alcohol-related traffic offenses and failure to wear a seat belt,” Lake in the Hills police communications coordinator Ashley Eccles said. “There are no excuses for putting yourself, your passengers and others on the road at risk.”

Tips to remember:

• Never let family members or friends drive under the influence.

• Give your keys to a designated driver before you go out.

• If you are drunk or impaired by alcohol or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service or call a sober friend or family member.

•  Promptly report drunken drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.

•  Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt. It is your best defense against a drunken or impaired driver.

For information about Mothers Against Drunk Driving or Saturation Saturday, email Sam Canzoneri at sam.canzoneri@madd.org or Allison Seys at allison.seys@madd.org.

All other inquiries can be directed to Eccles at 847-658-5676.

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