Lake County police to conduct drunken driving patrols in April

The Lake County Traffic Safety Partnership is planning extra patrols to look for drunken drivers in April.

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LAKE COUNTY — Local police are teaming up with 220 law enforcement agencies in a statewide crackdown on impaired, drunken driving. 

Police will be out in full force from mid-August through Labor Day weekend, arresting impaired drivers by targeting those who put other lives in danger, according to a news release from the Lake County Traffic Safety Partnership.

Drivers should expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols, police said. 

“If you drive impaired, our officers are trained to spot you and take you to jail. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over means zero tolerance. These enforcement efforts save the lives of impaired drivers, their passengers and others out on the road," the news release stated. 

Across the U.S., it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under age 21 with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year, according to the release. 

The average cost of a DUI is about $10,000, including car towing and repairs, attorneys fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other fines, police said.

Overtime patrols are supported with federal highway safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. 

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.