Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” To Start Saturday, Aug. 25

Illinois — Illinois State Police District 16 will participate in Saturation Saturday enforcement on Aug. 25.

The enforcement initiative in conjunction with the Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which is running through Sept. 4. District 16 includes Boone, Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago counties.

Saturation Saturday is a statewide initiative with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to raise awareness on the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, and increase enforcement to remove and arrest individuals driving under the influence.

In March 0f 2017 the Freeport Police department conducted patrols for the St. Patrick’s day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, the results of which were 2 seat belt citations, 7 citations for operation of uninsured motor vehicle, 1 citation for illegal transportation of alcohol, 4 citations for use of electronic device and 11 citations for speeding.  There were no DUI arrests. There were also 3 arrests made for driving while license suspended or revoked.

In January of 2017 the Freeport Police Department released their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over numbers for the holiday season. From Dec. 16, 2016, through Jan. 2, 2017 the Freeport Police Department arrested 4 drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) over the legal limit of 0.08.

In addition, 14 drivers and passengers received citations for not wearing seat belts, 29 citations were issued for uninsured motor vehicles and 26 citations were issued for speeding. A total of 219 traffic stops had been made.

Similar stats are reported from elsewhere in county.

In Vicksburg, Mississippi the Vicksburg Police Department participated in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign which ran from December 20, 2014 through January 1, 2015.  According to the city’s website, the Campaign focused on removing impaired drivers from roadways. The results, 192 citations, the majority of which were for uninsured motor vehicle.

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Additionally, over the Labor Day weekend of 2016 the Freeport Police Department released the results of their Labor Day Crackdown campaign during that time.

Freeport Police made a total of seven (7) drunk driving arrests and seven (7) seat belt citations. 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).

Troopers across the state will join county and local law enforcement agencies for increased enforcement during the evening hours Aug. 25 and early morning hours of Aug. 26.

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