The Lake in the Hills Police Department pulled over 54 motorists for various violations during a special St. Patrick's Day traffic enforcement between March 14 and March 17.
Police arrested two drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol, one on a warrant and issued 47 citations, according to a Lake in the Hills Police Department press release. The funding for the additional enforcement was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, according to the news release.
From 2006 to 2010, 700 people died in crashes involving drunken drivers over the St. Patrick's Day holiday, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety.
“This is why Lake in the Hills Police and other local agencies conducted additional enforcement efforts to remove the dangers of impaired motorists” said Sgt. Eric Decker, Lake in the Hills Police traffic unit supervisor, in a press release.
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Lake in the Hills Police will conduct the next enforcement campaign between the dates of May 10 and 27 for the Memorial Day holiday.
“We urge motorists to buckle up drive sober, watch their speed and report any impaired motorists to law enforcement," Said James Wales, director of police and public safety for the Lake in the Hills Police Department. “The only way to enjoy the holiday is to make it safely to your destination”