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Sheriff releases results of holiday enforcement effort

WAUKEGAN – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office conducted additional traffic enforcement from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2, reminding motorists to drive sober and buckle up as part of the Illinois Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort, according to a news release.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office joined the Lake County Division of Transportation, Illinois State Police, and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and deaths through public information, arresting impaired drivers, and issuing seat belt and other vehicle code violations.

During the 16-day traffic safety campaign, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office recorded two drunken-driving arrests, 78 seat-belt citations, 40 speeding citations, nine citations for suspended/revoked licenses, eight citations for uninsured motorists, three fugitives apprehended, and 23 other citations.​

“While this specific traffic safety campaign might be over, our sheriff’s deputies will remain vigilant to locate and arrest impaired drivers,” Sheriff John Idleburg said in the release. “Drunk driving is extremely dangerous. I can’t stress it enough, if you’ve had too much to drink, or have consumed drugs, don’t get behind the wheel.”

The enforcement effort is funded with federal highway safety funds.

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