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Sheriff’s deputies to boost drunken-driving enforcement

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 10:35 p.m. CDT

Starting today through Jan. 5, Grundy County sheriff’s deputies will be out in force as part of the annual Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunken drivers. 

The statewide crackdown will include high-visibility alcohol and seat belt enforcement throughout Grundy County, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. 

Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan said his deputies will be aggressively looking for drunken drivers during the crackdown 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, deputies will show zero tolerance for [drunken] driving,” Callahan said in the news release.

Data shows the holiday season is a particularly deadly time because of the increased number of drunken drivers on the roads.

“The December holiday season is the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ and we are going to keep our roads safe for travelers heading to visit friends and family,” Callahan said in the news release.

“This holiday, we will show zero tolerance for [drunken] drivers on the road. If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you and you will be arrested. Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance.”

A range of consequences exist for those who are arrested while driving drunk, including possible jail time, loss of a driver’s license and fines, according to the news release.

The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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