Sheriff ups 4th of July enforcement

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office announced plans for stepped-up July Fourth traffic enforcement with a focus on impaired and unbuckled drivers.
The safety campaign will run from June 15 through the early-morning hours of July 6 to encompass three summer weekends leading up to and after Independence Day.
“We’re asking all of our residents and visitors to celebrate Independence Day safely,” Sheriff Chris Smith said.
“It’s simple: If you’re driving, don’t drink, use marijuana or other drugs. Our deputies will be working around the clock to keep impaired drivers off the road and enforce all other traffic laws.”
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will join the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local police and sheriffs departments for the increased statewide enforcement effort.
Use these tips to help ensure a happy and safe holiday:
• Designate a sober driver and give them your keys before you go out.
• Don’t let friends or family members drive under the influence.
• If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, 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 his or her seat belt. It’s not only the law, but also your best defense against an impaired driver.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs are made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The enforcement period runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences. Visit LifeOrDeathlllinois.com for more information.

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