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Naperville preps for DUI effort

<p>J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images</p>

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Naperville police through Jan. 5 will be participating in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” law enforcement effort targeting inebriated drivers during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.

Sgt. Al Trotsky, who oversees the police department’s traffic section, said police “will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown, and will arrest anyone” found to be under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, as well as motorists and their passengers found not wearing their seat belts.

“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,” Trotsky said in a release.

“This holiday, we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road. If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you and you will be arrested.”

Convicted drunken drivers “face jail time, loss of their driver’s licenses and steep financial consequences, such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of job,” Trotsky said.

He added “when family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.”

The DUI crackdown is paid for with federal traffic safety funds through IDOT. It also is supported with paid advertising at the state and national levels.

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