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St. Clair County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday December 14th, 2010 :: 02:57 p.m. CST


You Drink & Drive - You Lose, and Click It or Ticket programs will be in full force day and night this holiday season

Now that the holiday season is here, Americans across the country are planning their holiday travel. For some, the holiday will not be a celebration.

According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the midnight to 3 a.m. timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roads. Not coincidentally, the data also shows this time of day has the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and the lowest occupant restraint use.

The numbers do not lie and that is why we are stepping up our late-night enforcement efforts to make sure impaired drivers are off the road and motorists are buckled up. The You Drink & Drive. You Lose and Click It or Ticket programs will be in full force both day and night this holiday season in St. Clair County.

Those driving under the influence will be arrested. Those traveling unbuckled will be ticketed.
Drivers need to be responsible and take simple precautions. We recommend:

• Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
• If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
• Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement;
• Wear your safety belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.
• There is no excuse for impaired driving that will satisfy a St. Clair County Deputy. There is no excuse for not buckling up…it’s a simple step to take that just might save your life. Do the right thing this holiday season and throughout the year—think first! As the old cliché goes, the life you save just may be your own!

St. Clair County Sheriff's Department
700 N 5th St
Belleville, IL 62220

Emergency: 9-1-1

Sgt. John Fulton

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