La Salle County Sheriff to conduct Independence Day patrols – Shaw Local

As Independence Day approaches, the La Salle County Sheriff's Office is preparing to increase traffic enforcement to ensure the safety of all residents and motorists.

From Friday, June 21, until the early hours of Monday, July 8, deputies will work to keep impaired drivers off the road and restrain motorists who have not buckled up.

Drunk driving not only poses a risk to oneself, but also endangers passengers and other road users. The financial and human costs of a DUI are immeasurable. The decision to avoid driving while impaired is simple and could save lives, the sheriff's office said in a joint news release.

The La Salle County Sheriff's Office is collaborating with the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local police and sheriff's departments in this unified effort to strengthen law enforcement statewide. State during this period.

To ensure fun and safe holiday celebrations, we encourage everyone to follow these tips:

  • Designate a sober driver before you leave.
  • Stopping friends and family members from driving under the influence
  • If you are impaired, use safe alternatives such as taxis, public transportation, and ride-sharing apps, or contact a sober friend or family member to drive you.
  • Use designated driver programs available in your community.
  • Promptly report suspected drunk drivers to law enforcement by stopping and calling 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belts. It is not only a law, but also a crucial defense against impaired drivers.

The traffic safety enforcement effort, including the “Drive Sober or Get Arrested,” “Drive High, Get a DUI,” and “Click It or a Ticket” programs, is made possible with federal funds to traffic safety regulations administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. These efforts are complemented by IDOT's “It's Not a Game” media campaign, which emphasizes the serious consequences of drunk driving and other dangerous driving behaviors.

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