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CPOs nab 42 over Labor Day weekend

September 09, 2008 at 10:04 AM

SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officers made 42 arrests on charges of operating under the influence or driving under the influence during the recent Labor Day holiday weekend as part of an enhanced enforcement effort intended to improve safety at state parks and boat access areas.

The IDNR Office of Law Enforcement reports CPOs made 33 arrests for operating under the influence (OUI) and nine arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) on Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

“Making our state parks and waterways safe is our primary goal and this enforcement detail helps send a message that we are serious about arresting those motorists and boat operators who pose a threat to safety when they try to drive under the influence or alcohol or drugs,” said IDNR Office of Law Enforcement Director Rafael Gutierrez.  “We are pleased to report there were no fatalities at our state sites that resulted from OUI or DUI offenses.  We hope visitors to our sites – and all boat operators and motorists – get the message that if they drive drunk, they will be arrested.”

The Illinois Conservation Police has received more than $300,000 in state grant funding to combat motor vehicle driving under the influence (DUI) and boater operating under the influence (OUI) offenses.  The grant funding was provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety.

Last year in Illinois, 507 alcohol-related traffic fatalities were reported.  Two of the reported boating fatalities and two snowmobile fatalities in Illinois last year involved use of alcohol or drugs.

In addition to OUI and DUI enforcement at state parks and boat access areas, Conservation Police Officers also focus on traffic safety through enforcement of speeding and seat belt laws.

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I’d just like to give a word of support to the dedicated law enforcement professionals at our DNR.
Thanks, and kudos to you all.

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