Anybody who knows anything about going to court for people with DUIs know’s it’s about to get busy. From, say, the day before Thanksgiving until shortly after the new-year, it’s prime “DUI season.” We know this. So do the police.
Did I hear somebody say “road block”? Of course I did. You should have expected this was coming. Looks like the St. Charles police are some of the first to publish notice (the police have to issue a public notice before conducting these things). According to this article in the Kane County Chronicle:
ST. CHARLES – City police will be out in force through Nov. 25 conducting DUI and seat belt enforcement in conjunction with the state’s “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns.
The Department of Transportation Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program aims to reduce the incidence of motor vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities through increased enforcement of occupant restraint, impaired driving, speed and pedestrian safety.
Last year in Illinois, eight people died in vehicle traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, and four of those deaths involved a drunken driver. Additionally, more than 800 individuals were injured.
In St. Charles, officers made four driving under the influence arrests and issued 40 citations for other traffic violations.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt use is the most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
Want to know how to beat a DUI? Your best bet is to not get one to start. Be safe out there, people.