Police to begin aggressive DUI enforcement for Halloween beginning Oct 19

From the Patch:

The Buffalo Grove Police Department will be on the lookout for drunken drivers over the Halloween holiday. An “aggressive” enforcement effort will kick off on Oct. 19 and continue through Nov. 3, according to a news release from the police department.

Read the entire story at:  https://patch.com/illinois/buffalogrove/police-conduct-aggressive-dui-detail-over-halloween-cops

Expect Enhanced DUI Enforcement for the 4th of July

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The Illinois State Police and more than 150 local police departments are planning enhanced DUI patrols and roadblocks for the Fourth of July holiday.

According to Patch:

This Fourth of July, please designate a sober driver and don’t let friends or family members drive
drunk. Other important tips include:

  • Give your designated driver your keys before you go out.
  • If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass
  • transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences.

Police Departments will be out in force for the Holidays

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From CBS local:

Police and sheriff’s departments across Illinois are stepping up patrols to try to reduce alcohol- and drug-related crashes this holiday season.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police say the stepped up enforcement started this week and will continue through Jan. 2. It will be in effect at all hours, with heightened efforts in the evening.

The efforts will include DUI and distracted driving patrols as well as roadside safety checks and seatbelt enforcement zones.

Illinois is experiencing its second straight year of more than 1,000 motor vehicle deaths. Last year 1,078 people died in vehicle crashes on Illinois roads.

Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz is urging anyone who sees an unsafe driver to call 911 and report them.

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From the Chicago Tribune:

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has announced that an increased traffic enforcement program for the holiday season will begin Monday and run through Jan. 2.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic safety enforcement campaign will focus on impaired driving and other violations, officials said.

“Beginning Monday, Dec. 18 and continuing into 2018, motorists will see increased traffic safety enforcement,” Sheriff Mark Curran said in a release. “Deputies will focus on those driving impaired, distracted, or without a seat belt. If you plan to drink, plan for a safe ride home.”

Curran said those drinking should have incentives not to drive, and a plan to avoid doing so.

“Today, there are more transportation options than ever. Find one you’re comfortable with and use it,” he said.

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And from the Oak Lawn Patch:

The Oak Lawn Police Department has stepped up DUI patrols from now through the early morning hours of Jan. 2 to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Residents and those motoring through the village will notice an enhanced police presence on the streets, , as part of the year-end Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement. Officers will also be looking for drivers and passengers who aren’t buckled up.

According to Sgt. M. Acke, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States. Of those killed, 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes in which a driver had a blood-alcohol concentration over the limit of 0.08. Other nearby towns that have announced DUI patrols including Palos Park, Palos Heights and Orland Park.

“We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help save lives by keeping impaired drivers off the road,” Acke said.

You get the idea.

So, please, have a safe, happy (and arrest-free) holiday.

Kane County will have a “no-refusal” Black Wednesday

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From the Daily Herald:

Kane County will hold another “No Refusal” anti-drunk driving event Wednesday night, commonly referred to as “Black Wednesday.”

State’s Attorney Joe McMahon announced the event well in advance so people can arrange safe transportation if they are going to be out on what is considered by many as the biggest party night of the year.

“The night before Thanksgiving is a day we have selected a number of times,” McMahon said. “That tends to be a night where there is a lot of drinking and driving, unfortunately.”

During a “No Refusal” night, a judge and phlebotomist are on call as officers patrol for intoxicated drivers. If a person arrested on drunken driving charges refuses a breath or chemical test, police work with a prosecutor and ask a judge for a search warrant to get a chemical test.

Expediting the process can help authorities get a blood-alcohol concentration result before a driver sobers up. If a driver refuses, the sample may be taken by force and the driver could be charged with felony obstruction of justice.

Man flees DUI crash, tries to hide in Nativity scene

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From Newser.com:

Jesus Saves” probably doesn’t refer to getting someone off the hook for a crime, as one suspected drunk driver recently found out in the UK. A man slammed his Mini Cooper into a metal barrier in Yorkshire on Saturday and then fled the scene, seeking sanctuary from law enforcement in a Nativity scene about 220 yards away, reports the Telegraph. The North Yorkshire Police posted a pic of the car and decimated barrier on Twitter and noted the suspect had been “located & arrested.”

Social media had a bit of fun with the story, with commenters making appropriate holiday puns rounded up by the Telegraph. “God arrest ye merry gentleman,” reads one post, while another pipes in, “Obviously not one of the wise men.”

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Expect DUI roadblocks this Fourth of July Weekend — and not just in the usual spots

drivesoberIf you remember, two months ago the Chicago Tribune did a series on the discriminatory manner in which the Chicago Police Department conducted DUI roadblocks — almost always in the south or west sides, and none in the past five years in white Jefferson Park (where a lot of police officers live).

Well, things have changed — at least for the time being.  Last Saturday, the Chicago Police conducted a roadblock in Jefferson Park, nabbing a grand total of one DUI suspect, plus another person who was driving on a suspended license.

Too bad for the Police Department that this major sacrifice (of annoying Jefferson Park residents) didn’t make it to the Tribune.  I had to find it on the DNAInfo website.

While I was there, I saw another story, by David Matthews, about what the Chicago Police have planned for the holiday weekend:

Chicago police said Thursday they will run special DUI patrols Downtown, in Lincoln Park and in Old Town to monitor for impaired driving this weekend.

The DUI Strike Force Patrols will begin at 7 p.m. Friday in the city’s Central Police District and last through 3 a.m. Saturday. They resume at 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday, and repeat Sunday night starting at 7 p.m. through 3 a.m. Monday morning.

“The purpose of this program is to saturate a pre-designated area with roving police officers that continually monitor vehicular traffic for signs of impaired driving,” police said in a statement. “Patrols also place emphasis on speed, alcohol-related and safety belt violations.”

The police department’s Central District stretches roughly from 25th Street to Wacker Drive, and from Lake Michigan to Interstate 94. The Near North District is bounded by Fullerton Avenue, Lake Michigan, and two branches of the Chicago River.

The DUI patrols are part of a larger citywide safety initiative over the holiday weekend, where officers will blanket the city and police shifts will be extended to 12 hours. Earlier this week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel ordered police to “secure every part of the city” in preparation for the July 4th holiday, when Chicago typically sees an uptick in violent crime.

In addition to Chicago, expect roadblocks throughout the Chicagoland area, including the suburbs.

So please have a safe and healthy Fourth of July weekend.  And don’t drink and drive!