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The Evanston Police Department said it will step up enforcement of impaired-driving violations and safety-belt violations in the evening of Labor Day, in recognition that a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur during late-night hours.
According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the to timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roads. For the last four years, 67 percent of the motor vehicle fatalities occurring from to involved a drinking driver, said Sgt. Thomas Moore of the Evanston Police Department in a prepared statement.
“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. “When you are out, we are out.”
The Evanston Police Department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends or family members drive after drinking. The department also recommends:
· 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.
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety.