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Police: DUI crackdown begins Friday in Fox Valley

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Updated: January 19, 2014 11:53AM

A crackdown on drunken drivers will kick off on Friday, and last throughout the New Year holiday.

Officers from local police departments will be out if full force as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The enforcement period will last until Jan. 5.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 47 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in Illinois involve alcohol. The holidays can be a particularly deadly time of year on the roadways.

“The December holiday season is the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ and we are going to keep our roads safe for travelers heading to visit family and friends,” Oswego Police Department Captain Jeff Burgner said.

“You’ll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.”

North Aurora police officers will also be participating in the enforcement campaign, which is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Chief David Summer said a DUI arrest can have steep financial and personal consequences. Drunk drivers face jail time, the loss of their license, as well as attorney fees, court cost and potential job loss.

“Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance, Summer said. “Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.’”

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