|« CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY||Seeking to Identify - ATM Fraud »|
The Will County Sheriff's Office will be out in force from December 20th through January 5th as part of the annual Illinois "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk drivers. The statewide crackdown will include high-visibility alcohol and seat belt enforcement throughout Will County.
The Will County Sheriff's Office said that its deputies will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. In addition, front and back seat belt law violators will be ticketed. The Sheriff's Office is giving fair warning to all partygoers. "You will see us making a lot of stops during this enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated officers will show zero tolerance," said Sgt. Steve Byland from the Traffic Division.
Data shows the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads. Being arrested for DUI brings a wide range of negative consequences into one's life. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.
"Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. Don't take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force. If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you, and you will be arrested," said Sgt. Steve Byland. "Please drive sober!"
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds though the Illinois Department of Transportation.