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Palatine Police Issue 108 Tickets, Arrest 6 on DUI During St. Patrick's Day Patrols

The focus of the campaign was to get intoxicated motorists off the roads, reduce speeding and make sure vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts.

The issued 108 tickets and made six DUI arrests during stepped-up patrols for the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend.

The department used a traffic safety grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation to boost the number of officers on roadways during their St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Traffic Safety Crackdown, a press release from the department states.

The focus of this campaign, which ran March 12-20, was to get intoxicated motorists off the roads, reduce speeding and make sure vehicle occupants were kept safe through the enforcement of seat belt and child restraint use.

A Roadside Safety Check was conducted from the late evening hours of March 16 through the early morning hours of March 17 in the area of Algonquin and Roselle roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the midnight to 3 a.m. timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roads. This timeframe also has the lowest occupant restraint use involving motor vehicle fatalities, the release stated.

The following is a summary of the results for the St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Traffic Safety Crackdown in the village of Palatine:

  • Driving under the influence – six arrests
  • Seatbelt violations – 72 tickets
  • Speeding – seven tickets
  • Suspended/revoked/no valid driver’s license – four arrests
  • No insurance – four tickets
  • Open alcohol in vehicle – one ticket
  • All other registration/moving/equipment violations – 24 tickets
  • Possession of drugs – three arrests

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