MACOMB — Local police will be on the lookout for drivers under the influence and those not wearing their seat belts during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.
Beginning Monday and continuing through July 8, Macomb Police will heighten its surveillance of drunk drivers and seat belt enforcement. Macomb Police Deputy Chief Dave Burnham said the heightened law enforcement will aid police to ensure safety on local roadways during the summer holidays travel season.
“We encourage local residents to celebrate Independence Day safely,” Burnham said, in a released statement. “If you’re going to drink, don’t drive. Too many people die behind the wheel each year because of those who choose to drive impaired by alcohol or other drugs. Our officers will be out in full force, showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers.”
This effort is in tandem with The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaign, which is funded by federal traffic safety funds and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The Illinois State Police and more than 150 other local police and sheriff’s departments are collectively cracking down on drunk driving and seat belt offenses during the Fourth of July holiday.
Burnham said local and state law enforcement encourages travelers to designate a sober driver and not let friends or family drive drunk. He suggests that designated drivers get the keys before going out. Call a taxi, a sober friend or family or use mass transit or ride-sharing services if you or an inebriated friend needs a ride home. You can also use your community’s designated driver program.
Drunk drivers should be promptly reported to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.

— Submitted with edits by Will Buss. For questions or comments on this article, email editor@mcdonoughvoice.com.