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The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Law Enforcement Ramp up a Late-Night Fight Against Impaired Driving

You Drink and Drive You Lose
Press Release Date: September 2, 2009    || Archived September 22, 2009

Stepped up enforcement to continue through Labor Day weekend

CHICAGO– Beginning August 21st, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police joined over 325 law enforcement agencies across the state in the largest effort against impaired driving to date.

Today, police are reminding motorists that effort will get even stronger heading into Labor Day weekend. Starting today, late-night motorists will see hundreds of roadside safety checks and police patrols looking for impaired drivers and safety belt law violators. The enforcement focus remains on the deadly nighttime hours when data shows more people die in motor vehicle crashes than during any other time of day.

In addition, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) law enforcement personnel are also participating in the crackdown within state parks and on Illinois waters thanks to a grant from IDOT Division of Traffic Safety. IDNR Conservation Police Officers (CPO’s) will be out in force during the Labor Day holiday weekend in a concentrated effort to reduce impaired driving in and around Illinois state parks.

The Illinois Conservation Police increased efforts are aided in part by more than $150,000 in state grant funding to combat motor vehicle driving under the influence (DUI) and boater operating under the influence (OUI) offenses.

Nearly seven out of ten fatalities occurring between midnight and 3:00 a.m. involve a drinking driver, and less than three out of ten of those who died in crashes during this time were properly restrained by a safety belt. The picture is completely different during the higher-traffic, daytime hours with less than two out of ten fatalities involving alcohol and nearly six out of ten properly restrained.

“The combination of alcohol and low belt use has caused an unacceptable number of fatalities on Illinois roads at night,” said Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. “That is why law enforcement is making an even greater effort to move traffic enforcement into the night. If you drive impaired or unbuckled at night, expect to be caught.”

“Drinking and driving is inappropriate regardless of the time of day," said Illinois State Police Director Jonathon Monken. "Data tells us the likelihood of being involved in an crash or fatal crash where alcohol is involved increases dramatically at night. Therefore, the Illinois State Police will focus our efforts on DUI and seat belt enforcement during night time details throughout the Labor Day weekend.”

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 Participating Law Enforcement Agencies

Illinois State Police Illinois Department of Natural Resources Police  
Addison PD Hanover Park PD Peru PD
Alexander County SO Hardin PD Phoenix PD
Algonquin PD Harvard PD Piatt County SO
Alorton PD Harwood Heights PD Pike County SO
Alton PD Hickory Hills PD Pingree Grove PD
Arlington Heights PD Highland Park PD Piper City PD
Atlanta PD Hillside PD Plainfield PD
Aurora PD Hinsdale PD Prairie Grove PD
Avon PD Hoffman Estates PD Prospect Heights PD
Barrington Hills PD Homer PD Pulaski County SO
Barrington PD Homewood PD Quincy PD
Bartlett PD Huntley PD Ramsey PD
Bartonville PD Indianola PD Randolph County SO
Belvidere PD Island Lake PD Richmond PD
Bement PD Itasca PD Richton Park PD
Benedictine University PD Jerome PD River Grove PD
Berwyn PD Jo Daviess County SO Riverdale PD
Bethalto PD Johnsburg PD Riverside PD
Blue Island PD Johnston City PD Riverwoods PD
Boone County SO Joliet PD Robinson PD
Bradley PD Justice PD Rock Falls PD
Brookfield PD Kane County SO Rock Island PD
Brooklyn PD Kankakee PD Rockdale PD
Buffalo Grove PD Kendall County SO Rockford PD
Burnham PD Kewanee PD Rockton PD
Byron PD Kincaid PD Romeoville PD
Cahokia PD Lake Bluff PD Roscoe PD
Calumet City PD Lake County SO Roselle PD
Calumet Park PD Lake in the Hills PD Round Lake Beach PD
Cambridge PD Lake Villa PD Round Lake Heights PD
Canton PD Lake Zurich PD Round Lake PD
Carbondale PD Lawrence County SO Royalton PD
Carol Stream PD Lawrenceville PD Sangamon County SO
Carpentersville PD Leland Grove PD Sauk Village PD
Carrollton PD Lemont PD Schaumburg PD
Channahon PD Lenzburg PD Senaca PD
Chapin PD LeRoy PD Sherman PD
Cherry Valley PD Libertyville PD Shorewood PD
Chicago Heights PD Lincoln PD Skokie PD
Chicago PD Lincolnwood PD Sleepy Hollow PD
Clarendon Hills PD Lisle PD South Elgin PD
Clifton PD Lockport PD South Holland PD
Coal City PD Lombard PD South Jacksonville PD
Colchester PD Macon County SO Southern View PD
Coles County SO Madison PD Spillertown PD
Collinsville PD Marengo PD Spring Bay PD
Colona PD Markham PD Spring Grove PD
Columbia PD Maroa PD Springfield Park District PD
Cook County SO Marseilles PD Springfield PD
Countryside PD Matteson PD Springfield PD
Crestwood PD Mattoon PD St. Charles PD
Crete PD McCook PD St. Clair County SO
Creve Coeur PD McHenry County Conservation District PD Steger PD
Crystal Lake Park District PD McHenry County SO Stephenson County SO
Crystal Lake PD McHenry PD Sterling PD
Danville PD McLean County SO Stockton PD
Decatur PD Mendota PD Stone Park PD
Deerfield PD Mercer County SO Streamwood PD
DeKalb County SO Metamora PD Sugar Grove PD
Depue PD Midlothian PD Sullivan PD
Des Plaines PD Milledgeville PD Summerfield PD
DeSoto PD Millstadt PD Summit PD
Dixon PD Montgomery PD Thayer PD
Dolton PD Morrison PD Thornton PD
Downers Grove PD Morrisonville PD Tinley Park PD
East Alton PD Morton Grove PD Tremont PD
East Dundee PD Morton PD Troy PD
East Hazel Crest PD Mound City PD Ullin PD
East Moline PD Mount Prospect PD University of Illinois at Chicago PD
East Peoria PD Mt. Carmel PD University of Illinois at Springfield PD
East St. Louis Park District PD Mt. Sterling PD University of Illinois Champaign PD
Eastern Illinois University PD Mundelein PD Vandalia PD
Edwardsville PD Naperville PD Villa Park PD
El Paso PD New Athens PD Warren County Sheriff/Monmouth PD
Elgin PD Niles PD Warrensburg PD
Elk Grove Village PD North Aurora PD Warrenville PD
Elmhurst PD North Riverside PD Washington Park PD
Elmwood Park PD Northbrook PD Washington PD
Essex PD Oak Brook PD Waukegan PD
Evanston PD Oak Forest PD Wenon PD
Ewing PD Oak Lawn PD West Chicago PD
Fairmont City PD Oak Park PD West Dundee PD
Farmington PD Oakton Community College PD West Frankfort PD
Fayetteville PD Oblong PD Westchester PD
Flora PD O’Fallon PD Western Springs PD
Flossmoor PD Olympia Fields PD Westmont PD
Forest Park PD Orland Park PD Wheaton PD
Fox Lake PD Oswego PD Wheeling PD
Fox River Grove PD Ottawa PD Whiteash PD
Freeport PD Palatine PD Whiteside County SO
Fulton County SO Palos Heights PD Will County SO
Fulton PD Palos Hills PD Williamson County SO
Geneseo PD Pana PD Willow Springs PD
Glen Carbon PD Park City PD Willowbrook PD
Glencoe PD Park Forest PD Wilmette PD
Glendale Heights PD Park Ridge PD Winnebago County SO
Grand Ridge PD Patoka PD Winnetka PD
Granite City PD Pawnee PD Wonder Lake PD
Grant Fork PD Pecatonica PD Wood Dale PD
Grayslake PD Pekin PD Woodridge PD
Grundy County SO Peoria Heights PD Woodstock PD
Gurnee PD Peoria PD Yorkville PD
Hampton PD Percy PD


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