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Decatur Police Sgt. Steve Hagemeyer announced plans for stepped-up July Fourth traffic enforcement with a focus on impaired 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,”said Sgt. Hagemeyer. “It’s simple: If you’re driving, don’t drink, use marijuana or otherdrugs. Our officers will be working around the clock to keep impaired drivers off the road and enforce all other traffic laws.”

The Decatur Police Department will join the Illinois State Police and more than 200 localpolice and sheriff’s 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, take mass transit, use your favorite 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 their seat belt. It’s not only thelaw, 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 campaignreminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences. for more information.

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