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ISP Participates in the Drive Hammered . . . Get Nailed! Campaign During the Fourth of July Holiday

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Press Release Date: July 2, 2003    || Archived July 14, 2003
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is advising motorists who choose to drive impaired this Fourth of July of a new safety initiative called Drive Hammered . . . Get Nailed! Beginning June 30 and continuing through July 13, the ISP will join more than 350 city, county, and state law enforcement agencies at roadside safety checks during the Independence holiday.

“As part of the Drive Hammered . . . Get Nailed! campaign, Troopers in every part of the state will participate in more than 100 roadside safety checks in an effort to remove impaired drivers from Illinois roadways this Fourth of July,” said ISP Director Larry Trent, “Troopers will also be assigned to special patrols during the Combined Accident Reduction Effort which places an emphasis on aggressive drivers who are speeding, following too close, and weaving in and out of traffic.”

The Illinois State Police reminds motorists to never drink and drive. If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver. And always wear your safety belt and make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up. Safety belts are your best defense against aggressive and impaired drivers.

During last year’s two-day holiday enforcement period, 14 people lost their lives in 10 fatal crashes.

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