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Spring Grove police to step up late-night patrols

SPRING GROVE – The Spring Grove Police Department will step up its late-night patrols during the 2012 Labor Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over-Click It or Ticket" crackdown from Aug. 17 through Sept. 3.

The extra enforcement effort against impaired drivers and seat belt law violators is in response to the disproportionate number of traffic deaths involving alcohol and unbelted motorists, according to a department news release.

The period of midnight to 3 a.m. is the deadliest time on Illinois roadways, according to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Data also show that those hours have the highest percentage of alcohol-related accidents and the lowest rates of seat belt use.

"The numbers do not lie," Police Chief Thomas Sanders said in the release. "We will be stepping up our late-night enforcement efforts, making sure impaired drivers are off the road and motorists are buckled up."

The department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family members drive impaired as just two steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving.

Other tips include giving one's keys to the designated driver, calling a taxi or a sober friend or family member for a ride home, reporting impaired drivers to police, and wearing a seat belt and making sure everyone in the vehicle does, too.

For information, call the department at 815-675-2596.

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