Police across Illinois to target drunken drivers during holiday season

News-DemocratDecember 17, 2013 

Police across Illinois will launch a campaign this weekend designed to keep roads safe for holiday drivers.

Beginning Friday and lasting through Jan. 5 police will be out in force as part of the annual Illinois "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk drivers.

The statewide crackdown will include high-visibility alcohol and belt enforcement. It also will be supported by national and state paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving during the holiday season.

In Fairview Heights, police said the department's officers will aggressively look for drunk drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. In addition, front and back seat belt law violators will be ticketed.

"You'll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance," said Lt. Michael Hoguet.

Statistics show the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads.

"If you choose to drive drunk, we will stop you and you will be arrested," Hoguet said. "Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don't take the chance."

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