McCullom Lake police to step up patrols for holiday

McCULLOM LAKE – The McCullom Lake 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 Friday through Sept. 3.

The extra enforcement 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 the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Data also shows that those hours have the highest percentage of alcohol-related accidents and the lowest rates of seat-belt use.

The department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family members drive impaired 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, wearing a seat belt and making sure everyone in the vehicle does, too.

For information, call the department at 815-385-2161.

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