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July 4 safety campaign to begin in June

STEPHENSON COUNTY — The Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office announced plans for stepped-up July Fourth traffic enforcement with a focus on impaired and unbuckled drivers. The campaign will run from June 15 through July 6 to encompass summer weekends leading up to and after Independence Day.

The Sheriff’s Office will join the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local police and sheriff’s departments for the increased statewide enforcement effort.

Use these tips to help ensure a happy and safe holiday:

Designate a sober driver and give them your keys before you go out.

If you are under the influence of alcohol or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.

Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs are made possible by federal traffic safety funds. The enforcement period runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences. Visit for more information.