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2 people charged during drunk driving campaign

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently teamed up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to participate in a nationwide campaign against drunk driving. For two weeks before Labor Day, police officers participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign made efforts to strictly enforce drunk driving laws. The campaign also included public outreach that was aimed at increasing awareness about drunk driving.

Police in the city of Evanston charged two drivers with drunk driving during the two-week drunk driving awareness campaign. The Evanston Police Department also issued seven citations for speeding and five citations for driving without a valid driver's license. During the campaign, 67 drivers in Evanston received citations for distracted driving, and 59 people were cited for not using a safety belt.

According to the Evanston Police Department, very few drunk driving arrests were made during the campaign because of the public outreach. An EPD Traffic Unit supervisor said that the department made a strong effort to emphasize the idea of designating a sober driver. The sergeant said that there would not be as many fatal accidents if everyone planned ahead.

Motorists are not, by statute, driving drunk if their blood alcohol level is not over the legal limit of .08 percent. If a breath or blood test shows a result that is very close to the legal limit, the accuracy of the result may be questionable due to the test's margin of error. Criminal defense attorneys may be able to help people who are facing charges for drunk driving to argue that they were not legally intoxicated.

Source: Evanston Patch, "Evanston Police Make 2 Drunk Driving Arrests During Enforcement," Tim Moran, Sept. 9, 2015

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