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Local police departments to run extra Labor Day enforcement

Published: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 11:36 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 11:46 p.m. CDT

Police departments from around the county are preparing for special enforcement details through the Labor Day weekend.

Communities such as McHenry, Crystal Lake and Spring Grove, among others, are running special overnight enforcement campaigns to watch for drunken drivers, according to news releases.

"If you drive impaired or unbuckled at night, we will find you and arrest you or give you a ticket," Spring Grove Police Chief Thomas Sanders said.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the period between midnight and 3 a.m. is the deadliest time on roads. This time of day also has the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and lowest seat belt use, according to a news release.

"The numbers do not lie," Sanders said. "To help prevent fatalities on Illinois roadways, we are stepping up our late-night enforcement efforts, making sure impaired drivers are off the road and motorists are buckled up."

The McHenry Police Department has tips to avoid possible crashes or a drunken driving arrest.

The tips included calling a taxi, sober friend or family member to get home safely, reporting drunken drivers to law enforcement, spending the night where the activity or party is being held to sleep it off, and always wearing your seat belt.

According to a news release, the McHenry Police Department will have zero tolerance for drunken drivers.

The Crystal Lake Police Department also partners with the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists as part of the Drunkbusters program. In the program, callers can be eligible for a cash reward if they report suspected impaired drivers who are then arrested by police.

The extra enforcement campaign running through the Labor Day weekend is administered by IDOT with money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Crystal Lake Police Department said.

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