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updated: 8/16/2012 5:19 PM

Northwest suburbs plan Labor Day traffic crackdowns

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Several Northwest suburban police departments have announced traffic crackdowns beginning Friday, Aug. 17 and running through the Labor Day holiday. The special enforcement efforts are funded with federal money administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation, and more than 200 Illinois law enforcement agencies are participating. Among local towns that have announced they are participating are Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Palatine and Wheeling. The intensified enforcement efforts will target impaired drivers and seat belt law violators, and will concentrate on the deadly nighttime hours. According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the midnight to 3 a.m. time frame is the deadliest. Bartlett, for example, awarded 52 additional manpower hours to strictly enforce daytime and nighttime seat belt violations and 100 hours to conduct DUI saturation patrols. Elk Grove Village police officers are joining with Arlington Heights to conduct a roadside safety check from 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, to 4 a.m. the next day near the 800 block of Elmhurst Road in Elk Grove Village. Buffalo Grove Sgt. Mike Rodriguez reminded drinkers to designate a sober driver and for friends and family to stop impaired people from driving. People seeing an impaired driver should call 911.

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