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IDOT grant to Downers Grove increases DUI patrols in May

DOWNERS GROVE – The Downers Grove Police Department will have increased DUI patrols from May 10-27 thanks to a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

"It is the goal of the Downers Grove Police Department to save lives and prevent severe injuries through aggressive enforcement of DUI and seat belt laws," the department said in a statement.

From May 10-27, Downers Grove officers will saturate the roadways looking for impaired motorists.

During late night hours, about 75 percent of fatalities involve alcohol consumption and motorists who have failed to buckle up, according to police.

May 10 also kicks of the "Click it or Ticket" seatbelt campaign. The Downers Grove Police department, along with IDOT, the Illinois State Police and more than 500 law enforcement agencies in the state will focus on ticketing motorists who do not wear their seatbelts.

Fifty-two percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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