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July 4 safety campaign to focus on impaired, unbuckled drivers

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Police Department announced plans for its Fourth of July enforcement campaign, which will focus on impaired and unbuckled drivers. The campaign runs through July 8, encompassing the two weekends leading up to the holiday, according to a news release.

“We’re asking all of our residents and visitors to celebrate Independence Day safely,” said Sgt. Joe Meeks. “It’s simple: Always make sure you and your passengers wear your safety belts and if you’re driving, don’t drink or use drugs. Our officers will be out in full force to keep impaired drivers off the road and make sure drivers are buckled up.”

The Sycamore Police Department is joining with 160 local police and sheriff’s departments, along with the Illinois State Police, in the campaign.

Tips included in the news release include giving a designated driver the keys before going out; if drunk or impaired, call a taxi, take mass transit, use ride-hailing apps, or call a sober friend or family member to pick you up; report drunk drivers to law enforcement by calling 911, and make sure everyone in your vehicle is wearing a seat belt.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns are funded with federal safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The campaigns run concurrently with a media campaign. Visit lifeordeathillinois.com for information.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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