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OPS to Participate in Holiday Enforcement

December 19, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety will take part in a statewide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" alcohol enforcement campaign between Dec. 20 and Jan. 5.

The initiative, which will include high visibility alcohol and safety belt enforcement in the area, will also be supported by national and state paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving during the holiday season.

Officers from the WIU Office of Public Safety will be looking for drunk drivers, as well as front and back seatbelt violators.

"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," said OPS Sgt. Curt Bilbrey. "We are going to keep our roads safe for travelers heading to visit friends and family. This holiday, we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road. If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you and you will be arrested."

OPS noted that being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one's life, including jail time, loss of driver's license and steep financial consequences, such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of job.

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

The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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