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JIM BOWLING, HERALD & REVIEW The Fourth of July celebration at Nelson Park Tuesday July 4, 2017. This year, police are planning a crackdown on drunk drivers and people riding without their seat belt. 

DECATUR — Police will be focusing on drunken driving and seat belt use around the Independence Day holiday.

The Decatur Police Department announced the effort will run from Monday, June 25, to Sunday, July 8, as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click it or Ticket campaigns funded through federal dollars and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The department also said motorists should: 

  • Give your designated driver your keys before going out.
  • If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, use a ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt. 

“We encourage local residents to celebrate Independence Day safely,”  Sgt. Steve Hagemeyer said in a statement. “If you’re going to drink, don’t drive. Too many people die behind the wheel each year because of those who choose to drive impaired by alcohol or other drugs. Our officers will be out in full force, showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers.”

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Contact Claire Hettinger at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @ClaireHettinger

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