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Naperville police cracking down on drunk drivers

Naperville Police cruiser.
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Motorists who travel in Naperville during the late-night and early-morning hours should be seeing more of Naperville police, as part of the department’s Fourth of July traffic law enforcement effort, which runs through July 6.

The effort is part of the statewide, Independence Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket” campaign. Police will “focus on late-night hours, as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve a drunk driver and/or unbuckled motorist,” police Sgt. Bill Davis wrote in a release.

“Summer is in full force, and so is the summer travel season,” added Sgt. Al Trotsky, supervisor of the department’s traffic unit. “All too often, that means more traffic and more traffic crashes, and Independence Day can be one of the deadliest summer travel times.”

“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 belt law violators,” Trotsky said.

Naperville police are joining with Illinois State Police and hundreds of police and sheriff’s departments in the effort.

Police recommend designating a sober driver, and not letting friends or family members drive drunk. Other important tips they offered include:

Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys;

If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely;

Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911;

Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against a drunk driver.

The July 4 enforcement effort is made possible with federal traffic safety funds distributed through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety.

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