Labor Day “Crackdown” Sees 102 Citations And 7 Drunk Driving Arrests In Freeport

Freeport, Illinois – Over the Labor Day weekend we brought you news of the Freeport Police Department out in the streets checking and monitoring area drivers.

The Freeport Police Department released today the results of their Labor Day crackdown

Freeport Police made a total of seven (7) drunk driving arrests during the recent Labor Day crackdown. In addition, seven (7) of seat belt citations were written – six (6) of which occurred during nighttime hours. Other citations and arrests included Use of Electronic Devices (8), Child Restraint (4), Driving While Driver’s License Suspended/Revoked (12), Speeding (31), and Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle (33).

“Law enforcement officers have one of the toughest jobs in the country. Day and night, 24/7, we work tirelessly to protect citizens, seeing our fair share of troubling and devastating scenes,” said Lt. Blake Klosa. “Drunk-driving crashes are all too familiar.”

Nationally in 2014, there were 9,967 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, making up nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities that year. In fact, on average, more than 10,000 people died each year from 2010 to 2014 in drunk-driving crashes.

“As traffic safety partners, we do our best to make sure drivers and road users are safe. Yet there’s still so much for us to do. Help us spread the message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, he said.”

The Freeport Police Department joined forces with other law enforcement agencies and highway safety partners throughout the state in the Illinois Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown.

The crackdown, part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns, was made possible by federal highway safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

2 thoughts on “Labor Day “Crackdown” Sees 102 Citations And 7 Drunk Driving Arrests In Freeport

  • September 10, 2016 at 9:45 am

    DRIVIN WITHOUT LICENSE & NO INSURANCE IS ABUSED SO MUCH IT’S ALARMING, most offenders just don’t care & will do it again. How much in fines is Steph. County owed , last I heard $4 million. Many drive after a few but how many out there under influence of drugs? I ‘LL bet it’s just as bad?

    • September 10, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Driving under the influence is another topic altogether, however driving without a license due to insurance is not as clear. The days of getting your license, buying a car, getting plates and then being able to drive your car sadly are over. Poor people can’t afford insurance. They don’t have the money for another “monthly fee”. If they have multiple drivers, it’s even worse.

      There’s something to be said about the loss of importance of just simply good driving by itself. Being a good driver, a safe driver has been thrown out the window for fees and costs a lot of people feel. Even in the court system if you do drive bad, your penalty is to “pay a fine”. As long as you “pay money” you’re “safe for the community” again. There’s something very broken in that system.

      You could be driving with a tail light out, or just have an expired “sticker” or a license plate light out and get a “no insurance” violation. The penalty for such, is usually a minimum requirement of having to have insurance and maintain insurance for three years.

      Violators are required to also report to the State. If at any time during that 3 years you don’t maintain your insurance, your license gets revoked.

      If you’re poor, you’ll never have a valid license. People get coverage and then other bills come up (or their car needs work), the washer and dryer go out and then they can’t afford the insurance payment. Their license is revoked.

      People who have been driving for 10 years, 20 years, even 30 years without any accidents or moving violations say they have had their licensed revoked because of a “bill”. Because of “money”.

      We fear, when we lose sight of the basic fundamental law of driving, which is driving safe, over a mandated “bill” that comes in the mail, the people are getting cheated and robbed of their right to drive on the roads that their tax money paid for.

      Think of a poor person, or a family without a car but they work, they do have a job. You can’t even buy them a car to help them out, because you also just gave them “a bill” on top of it. If they can’t afford that bill, but they’re safe drivers, you could have very well just bought them a ticket to jail. The facts are, the driving without insurance law has taken the valid licenses away from hundreds of thousands of really good, safe, drivers all solely because of money and not anything due to driving itself. To us, that’s scary.

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