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Holiday patrols nab DUIs, other violations

Updated: November 6, 2013 3:16AM

Police officials in Gurnee and Waukegan reported netting three arrests each for driving under the influence during separate roadside safety checkpoints that were deployed over Labor Day weekend.

In Gurnee, a checkpoint was set up from 10 p.m. on Aug. 31 through 3 a.m. on Sept. 1 on the 5100 block of Grand Avenue, west of Riverside Drive (Route 21).

Assisting Gurnee police in the effort were officers from the Lake County Sheriff and Illinois Secretary of State police departments.

According to a report issued by Gurnee police, a total of 293 vehicles were directed through the checkpoint over the four hours, resulting in not only the three DUI arrests but one arrest for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and unlawful possession of cannabis.

Another motorist was cited for driving through the checkpoint with an open container of alcohol.

The Gurnee checkpoint also fielded eight arrests for driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and 14 arrests or citations for driving without a valid license.

There were also four citations related to registration violations, four for failure to wear a seatbelt, 10 for failure to secure a child and 19 for driving without proof of insurance.

In Waukegan, a roadside checkpoint was set up at Genesee and 10th streets on Aug. 30 between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.

That specific program, assisted by Illinois State Police, was part of an overall enforcement effort between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2 that included eight roving patrols seeking intoxicated drivers and four seat-belt enforcement zones throughout the city.

According to numbers released by Waukegan police, a total of 994 vehicles passed through the enforcement zones, resulting not only in three DUI arrests but four drug-related arrests and one arrest for a gun violation. Another two arrests were made on outstanding arrest warrants.

Police also report that 49 citations were issued for seat-belt violations in Waukegan during the enforcement effort, while five drivers were arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license. Ten citations were written for speeding, and 40 other citations were issued for various moving violations.

Waukegan’s program was funded through a Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety. STEP grants are used to launch “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns in the days leading up to each of the major holidays throughout the year.

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