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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office made five drunk-driving arrests during the recent Independence Day crackdown. In addition, 74 seat belt citations were issued during the daytime and nighttime patrols, and a total of 147 citations were written.
“In 2014, on average, one person was killed every 53 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States, which means there was a total of 9,967 drunk-driving fatalities that year in America. These enforcement crackdowns are vital because too many people are not heeding the message – drunk driving is deadly and illegal,” said Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr.
Undersheriff Ray Rose said, “Alcohol not only dangerously impairs your driving skills – it impairs your judgment. Anytime you see a friend drinking alcohol, make sure they don’t plan to drive home.”
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with other law enforcement agencies and highway safety partners throughout the state during the Illinois Independence Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown.
The crackdown, part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns, was funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation.