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Alcohol, safety-belt crackdown is under way

A crackdown people who don’t use sebelts is now under way Lake County. | FILE PHOTO

A crackdown on people who don’t use seat belts is now under way in Lake County. | FILE PHOTO

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Updated: January 18, 2013 6:17AM

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will begin its holiday-season alcohol and safety-belt crackdown on Monday, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced over the weekend.

The 2012 Holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket” crackdown runs through New Year’s Eve.

Midnight to 3 a.m. is the deadliest time on Illinois roadways, and 9 p.m. is when alcohol involvement and low seat-belt use plays a significant role in motor vehicle fatalities, according to date from Illinois Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“The numbers do not lie. We will be stepping up our late-night enforcement efforts, making sure drunk drivers are off the road and motorists are buckled up,” said Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran. “In Lake County, the message is simple — drive sober or get pulled over, and click it or ticket.”

The crackdown is administered by IDOT with funds from NHTSA.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office offers the following tips to avoid tragic crashes/arrests:

■ Designate sober driver

■ Don’t let friends/family drive drunk

■ Plan ahead

■ If drunk, call taxi/use mass transit/call friend/family for ride

■ Report drunk drivers on the roadway to law enforcement

■ Wear seatbelt and ensure all passengers are buckled up.

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