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Drunk-driving crackdown planned for holiday

The Evanston Police Department today announced plans for expanding late-night traffic patrols over the July 4th holiday weekend, focusing on drivers who’ve been drinking.

The police cite state and federal statistics indicating that 60 percent of summer time traffic fatalities in the hours between midnight and 3 a.m. involve a drinking driver.

The Evanston Police Department today announced plans for expanding late-night traffic patrols over the July 4th holiday weekend, focusing on drivers who’ve been drinking.

The police cite state and federal statistics indicating that 60 percent of summer time traffic fatalities in the hours between midnight and 3 a.m. involve a drinking driver.

"The nighttime is the critical time for motor vehicle fatalities so we will be stepping up our late-night enforcement efforts, making sure impaired drivers are off the road and motorists are buckled up,” said Sgt. Thomas Moore.

The Evanston Police Department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive impaired as simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving. 

Moore also urged motorists who see impaired drivers on the road to pull over and call 9-1-1 to report the problem.

The expanded patrol program is paid for by a federal funds administered through the state’s Division of Traffic Safety.

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