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Evanston Police Plan 4th of July Drunk Driving Crackdown

The Evanston Patch reports that law enforcement in Evanston will be out in force targeting those who are not wearing seat belts and drunk drivers. The increased enforcement will begin June 22 and will run through Independence Day on July 4 and is part of two statewide safety campaigns: “Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.” Evanston is one of 200 communities throughout Illinois participating in the enforcement campaigns, which is part of an effort funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation using “federal traffic safety dollars.”

As part of the campaigns, police will focus their efforts on late night enforcement. Data released by the Illinois Department of Transportation and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that the deadliest time on IL roads is between midnight to 3 a.m., which is often due to the number of impaired drivers and seatbelt law violators on the road during late night hours.

An Evanston Police commander stresses that since Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays, largely due to the increase in drunk driving, officers “will be out in force this Fourth of July showing zero tolerance for drunk drivers.”

The drunk driving lawyers in Illinois of the Bradley Law Firm urge all Illinois motorists to designate a sober driver when celebrating this summer or choose a safe ride home, such as a taxi or a train. However, we understand that all drunk driving accidents can unfortunately not be prevented. If you have been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, schedule a no-cost consultation with a member of our legal team to discuss your legal options by calling (312) 252-1488.