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HPD Stepping Up DUI Patrols Through St. Patrick's Day

Highland Park officers will be on the lookout for drunk drivers and those not wearing seat belts through March 17.

The following is from the City of Highland Park:

From March 13th through March 17th, 2014, Highland Park Police will be out in force supporting the annual Illinois St. Patrick's Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk drivers.  The statewidecrackdown will include high-visibility alcohol and seat belt enforcement throughout Highland Park and other North Shore communities. The statewide crackdown will also be supported by national and state paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving during the holiday season.

During this campaign, extra Highland Park Police Officers will be aggressively cracking down on intoxicated motorists.  In addition, front and back seat belt law violations will be enforced.

Statistics show that the St. Patrick's Day Holiday period is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads. The Highland Park Police Department is prepared to stop and arrest any drunk driver they see to keep roads safe. 

Being arrested for driving under the influence brings a wide range of negative consequences into one's life.  Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of a job.  When the media, family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal and public embarrassment. Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk and poses a great threat to safety within the community.

The Highland Park Police Department asks community members to join the effort in making this a safe holiday season by not drinking and driving, and remembering to wear seat belts wherever you are seated in a vehicle.  The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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