Over the Labor Day Holiday, the Will County Sheriff's Office joined forces with other law enforcement agencies and highway safety partners throughout the state in the IL Labor Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
During the campaign, the Sheriff's Office issued a dozen warning tickets and a total of 116 citations. Citations included violations such as speeding, illegal cell phone usage, seat belt violations, non-insurance, suspended/revoked license, moving and non-moving violations, signal and sign violations and illegal transportation of alcohol.
One felony arrest and two DUI arrests were made during the crackdown. "Law enforcement officers have one of the toughest jobs in the country. Day and night, 24/7, they work tirelessly to protect citizens, seeing our fair share of troubling and devastating scenes," said Sgt. Vince Gambino of the Sheriff's Traffic Unit. "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 DUI crashes.
"As traffic safety partners, we do our best to make sure drivers and roads are safe. Yet there is still so much for us to do." Gambino said.
This campaign was made possible by federal highway safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation. -end-