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Area Law Enforcement Join Forces To Crack Down On Impaired Driving During Holidays


DeKalb Police are joining forces with Illinois State Police and the Department of Transportation to increase traffic enforcement. It's part of a campaign called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Nearly 10,500 people died in the country last year in wrecks where the driver had a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit.

Officer Kelly Sullivan is a detective with the DeKalb Police Department. She says there are a handful of consequences to impaired driving.

“They would run the chance of serving time in jail or losing their driver license privileges," she said. "They might face higher insurance rates, and obviously, unanticipated expenses.”

Sullivan says the DeKalb Police Department made nearly 100 DUI arrests last year involving drugs and alcohol.

But she says drivers also make common mistakes unrelated to substance use.

“People are driving too fast for the roadway conditions -- whether they’re icy or snowy," Sullivan said. "So, I would just suggest that people drive at a slower rate and be prepared to stop abruptly if needed.”

Sullivan says officers are also pushing seat belt enforcement. The campaign runs through Jan. 2.

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