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DeKalb County police ramping up Thanksgiving traffic enforcement

November 10, 2018

Several local law enforcement agencies will be participating in a Thanksgiving campaign against impaired and distracted drivers and seat belt-law violators.

The Sycamore and DeKalb police departments will join more than 150 police departments and sheriff’s offices in Illinois in the crackdown through Nov. 26.

DeKalb police Cmdr. Steve Lekkas said he doesn’t know how many officers or department hours will be used toward the initiative at this time. He said the department typically will have seat belt-enforcement zones, where officers will be checking whether drivers and passengers are wearing seat belts at certain intersections.

“Some of the biggest bar nights in the whole year are the day before Thanksgiving and the day after,” Lekkas said.

With ride-sharing services in the area and local bars offering shuttle services, Lekkas said, it’s easier than ever to get a ride home, even if someone has had too much to drink.

“There’s plenty of alternate ways to get home nowadays,” Lekkas said.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan said the sheriff’s office also will be participating in the program funded by Illinois Department of Transportation grants. He said deputies will be focusing on enforcement for people not wearing seat belts and driving impaired in any way, but there will not be any specific road checkpoints within the county.

“Make sure you’re using a hands-free device, and make sure you have a designated driver if you’re going to be drinking alcohol,” Sullivan said.

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