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The Decatur Police Department Begins Fourth Of July Safety Campaign To Encourage Safe And Sober Driving


     The Decatur Police Department announced plans for stepped-up July Fourth traffic enforcement with a focus on impaired and unbuckled drivers. The safety campaign runs from June 16th through the early-morning hours of July 5th to encompass three summer weekends leading up to and after Independence Day.      

     “It’s simple: If you’re driving, don’t drink or use marijuana or other drugs,” said Sgt. Steve Hagemeyer. “Our officers will be working around the clock to keep impaired drivers off the road and enforce all other traffic laws.”

     Decatur Police will join the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local police 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, take mass transit, use your favorite ride-sharing app, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.  Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by dialing 911.  Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It’s not only the law, but also your best defense against an impaired driver.

      The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, “Drive High Get a DUI” and “Click It or Ticket” programs are made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Trans-portation. The enforcement period runs concurrently with IDOT’s media campaign, re-minding motorists that “It’s Not a Game” to drive impaired.

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