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|State Police Start Labor Day Traffic Crackdown
|State Police authorities say if your plans over the holiday weekend including traveling roadways, they will be out watching.
The Illinois State Police announced in Warren County, officers will be out in full force during the Labor Day holiday time period which began Friday.
Illinois State Police District 14 Master Sergeant Ron Grant says state police will join thousands of other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation as they take part in the Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest crackdown. He says driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is no accident and is not a victimless crime.
Grant tells WGIL steps can be taken to prevent yourself or others from driving impaired. "Plan ahead," Grant said. "If you're planning to drink alcohol with friends, designate a sober driver. Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement. Wear your seatbelt while in your car, or use a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle. And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements."
Grant says the overall program is a national campaign and is organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards says he echoed the concerns of the state police and says a lifetime of remorse is not worth the one night of revelry.
|08 21 09 by Newsroom
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