DECATUR — Police arrested 19 people for driving under the influence during a campaign of increased law enforcement for the Labor Day weekend, the Decatur Police Department said in a statement.
The campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, started Aug. 21 and lasted until Sept. 5. Decatur police added 10 saturation patrols in which a large number of officers are concentrated in a specific area to reduce crime or DUIs, as well as the normal enforcement and patrol officers.
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“Alcohol- and drug-impaired driving has claimed too many lives, and the ‘Drive Sober’ campaign was a chance for us to help make zero fatalities a reality on Illinois roads,” Sgt. Steve Hagemeyer said in the statement. “People die every day at the hands of impaired drivers, and our law enforcement officers were out in full force, arresting drivers who were under the influence.”
The police also issued 41 seat belt citations, 14 child restraint citations, 14 speeding tickets and 10 cell phone violations.
The crackdown was funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and was managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation, police said.
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