From December 19 through January 4th of the New Year, the Will County Sheriff's Office will be out in force as part of the annual Illinois "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk drivers. The statewide crackdown will include high-visility alcohol and seat belt enforcement throughout Will County.
The statewide crackdown will also be supported by national and state paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving during the holiday season. Deputies will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers and will arrest anyone caught. In addition, front and back seat belt violators will be ticketed.
Traffic Division Sergeant Steve Byland notes that being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one's life. Potential jail time, loss of driver's license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance premiums, attorney fees, court costs, lost time from work and in some cases, loss of employment, are simply not worth the risk.
This crackdown is being funded through the federal traffic safety of the Illinois Department of Transporation.
The Will County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, is announcing that the Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative was a success. From November 17th thru November 30th, IDOT supported enforcement to remind motorists to buckle up and not drive impaired. The Will County Sheriff's Office joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce highway fatalities by cracking down on unbuckled motorists and impaired drivers.
During the mobilization the Will County Sheriff's Office issued: 1 seat belt citation, 2 child car seat citations, 4 DUI arrests, 7 suspended/revoked licenses, 19 uninsured motorists, 49 speeding citations, 5 no valid driver's licenses, 4 cell phone usage, and 22 miscellaneous moving/non moving citations.
For more information on the Illinois Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit: www.buckleupillinois.org