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Police departments running special Fourth of July enforcements

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 12:14 p.m. CDT

Local police departments will run special enforcement efforts during the Fourth of July holiday week to make sure people are wearing their seat belts and not driving drunk

Police departments in Lake in the Hills, Bull Valley, Woodstock and Crystal Lake, among others are working in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation as part of the state's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" efforts.

"Summer is in full force, and so is the summer travel season," said Bull Valley Police Commander James Page. "All too often that means more traffic and more traffic crashes and Independence Day can be one of the deadliest summer travel times."

The departments' special enforcements are running through July 6.

"Too many people die each year due to those who choose to drive after drinking, so our officers will be out in full force this Independence Day showing zero tolerance for drunk drivers and seat belt law violators," Page said.

Intensified enforcement details will mainly focus on late-night hours as a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur at night and involve drunk drivers or unbuckled motorists, according to a Woodstock Police Department news release.

Police departments recommend people designate a sober driver, or call a cab or a sober friend, to avoid having friends or family members drive drunk.

If motorists see drunk drivers on the roadway, they should be reported to law enforcement, according to a Crystal Lake news release.

During the 2012 Fourth of July holiday period, 78 people in the country were killed in alcohol impaired-driving crashes.

"For everyone's sake, don't drink and drive or you will be arrested," said Lake in the Hills Police Chief Dave Brey.

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