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Local law enforcement teaming up for Labor Day 'Drive Sober' campaign

DeKalb County law enforcement agencies are teaming up with the ‘Drive Sober’ or Get Pulled Over’ Labor Day safe driving awareness campaign.

As Labor Day and the unofficial end of the summer near, departments are partnering throughout the state to stop impaired driving and help saves lives, according to a news release.

“While celebrations marking the last days of summer may look different this year than in times past, the potential remains for an increase in the number of impaired drivers on the road,” said Sycamore Police Sgt. Joe Meeks. “Impaired driving kills more than 10,000 people n the United Sates each year. Please plan ahead for a safe ride home before you leave the house. It truly is a matter of life or death.”

The campaign runs from Aug. 20 through the early morning hours of Sept. 8, the release states.

During this period, motorists can expect to see stepped-up impaired driving patrols and seat-belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat-belt usage rates are at their lowest. Speeders and distracted drivers should also be aware.

If you’re celebrating this Labor Day, remember to designate a sober driver and don’t let friends or family members drive drunk. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times, making driving unsafe, the release states.

The campaign is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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