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Kane County state's attorney urges 'responsible' and 'safe' Thanksgiving celebrations

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon wants people to enjoy themselves this Thanksgiving, but he also wants them to get home safely.

So, for the fourth consecutive year, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office will hold a no-refusal operation the night before Thanksgiving, he said this week during his monthly meeting with reporters.

No-refusal operations are designed to expedite the booking process for those charged with driving under the influence. Police work with an assistant state’s attorney to quickly obtain a search warrant to compel a DUI suspect to submit to a blood-alcohol level test.

The no-refusal event is planned for the night of Nov. 25 into the early morning hours of Nov. 26, which is Thanksgiving, McMahon said.

He said the advanced notice is intentional.

“We’re not trying to surprise anybody,” he said.

The office picked the night with input from the DUI Task Force, McMahon said, noting many college students come home for the holiday and families travel for get-togethers.

“We want them to have a great time and be safe,” he said.

He added last year’s fatal Black Friday crash in St. Charles serves as a reminder of how important it is to celebrate in a “responsible and safe way.”

The previous three Thanksgiving no-refusal operations have resulted in 23 individuals charged, McMahon said. The most on a single night was 14 in 2012.

“I think they’ve been successful,” he said, noting he hopes for a night of zero arrests.

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