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    Police to Increase Patrols Thru Halloween

    Act responsibly, because the police will be watching.

    The St. Charles Police Department has announced that it will be participating with agencies across the state as they seek to curb intoxicated driving over the weeks preceding and up to Halloween.

    The high-visibility “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign will run through the early-morning hours of November 1st.  During this period, motorists in St. Charles will see an increase in patrols as officers will be specifically designated to locate dangerous intoxicated drivers.

    “We want to make sure that everyone either participating in Halloween events or just driving through the city remains safe.” said Commander Rich Clark.  “Historically we see an increase in DUI crashes, arrests and impaired rivers during this time of year.  There are a lot of people out enjoying Halloween gatherings; however, we strongly encourage people to either use a designated driver or choose a ride share option.  It’s simply not worth the risk.”

    Correct seat-belt use is the most effective way to protect vehicle occupants in a crash. According to IDOT, the statewide seat-belt usage rate is 95.2 percent, yet unbuckled occupants make up a disproportionately large number of fatalities, representing more than 50 percent of people killed in motor vehicle crashes. 

    The Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort is funded with federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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