In addition to extra officers working to help direct traffic and assist pedestrians crossing the roadways during the annual 4th of July fireworks celebration, the St. Charles Police Department also will have additional patrols out specifically seeking impaired motorists.
“This is the first major local event since we moved into Phase 5. We expect a large crowd as people are excited to finally get back to one of our traditional St. Charles events,” said St. Charles Police Commander Rich Clark. “We are very excited to be out with our community and celebrate the 4th; however, everyone must recognize the importance of sober driving or using another means of transportation if they intend to consume alcohol or become impaired. The last thing anyone wants is for someone to be seriously injured or killed on this holiday due to poor and controllable decision making. This should be a time for all to celebrate.”
Nationwide, traffic fatalities were up during the pandemic. Speed and impaired driving were said to be leading causes.
The additional officers will be working as part of the state’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns” that are administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.