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Sheriff’s Office releases holiday enforcement results

WAUKEGAN – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office conducted impaired driving enforcement from Dec. 18 through Jan. 2, reminding motorists to choose a ride if they choose to drink, as part of the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over traffic safety campaign, according to a news release.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce highway fatalities by arresting impaired drivers and issuing citations to unbuckled motorists. 

A total of 127 extra hours were targeted at traffic specific details. The following citations were issued, and arrests were made during the 16-day safety campaign: 66 seat-belt citations, eight child car seat citations, two DUI arrests, one felony arrest, one fugitive apprehended and arrested, six ​citations for driving on a suspended or revoked drivers’ licenses, 13 citations for driving uninsured, 30 speeding citations and two drug arrests, according to the news release.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,461 people died in motor vehicle crashes during 2016. Twenty-eight percent (10,497) died in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above the 0.08 limit.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over traffic safety campaign was made possible with federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

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