Peoria County Sheriff’s Office increasing patrols for Independence Day campaign

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PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — The Peoria County Sheriffs office is increasing patrols for Its July Fourth traffic enforcement campaign.

According to a press release from the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, the safety campaign will run from June 17 through July 6. The increased enforcement is due to the Independence Day holiday being one of the deadliest times on Illinois roads.

“We want all our residents and visitors to have an enjoyable and safe holiday,” Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said. “Remember – if you’re going to drink or use other impairing substances, don’t drive. We will be stepping up patrols to keep impaired drivers off the roads and ensure everyone makes it home from their celebrations.”

More than 200 Sheriffs and local police departments will be increasing patrols for the campaign. The focus of the enforcement will be on drunk driving, distracted driving, and seat belt enforcement.

The sheriff’s office is also several tips for safe holiday driving:

  • Plan ahead by designating a sober driver.
  • Give your designated driver your keys before you go out.
  • If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, or call a family member to get you home safely.
  • Use a ride-share service such as Uber or Lyft or use public transportation.
  • If you see a drunk driver, pull over safely and call 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is the best defense against an impaired driver.

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