Adams County Sheriff’s Department announces special enforcement from March 11-18


QUINCY — The Adams County Sheriff’s Department is reminding motorists that deputies will be out in full force to keep roads safe from March 11-18 as people celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

“Make your own luck by designating a sober driver,” Sheriff Rich Wagner said. “If you’ll be drinking, using cannabis or partaking of any other impairing substance, planning ahead is the best way to ensure you and your friends make it home safely.”

In addition to looking for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up seat-belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat-belt usage rates are lowest. Speeding, distracted driving and other traffic laws also will also be strictly enforced.

Designating a sober driver is the simplest way to avoid a tragic crash or DUI arrest. Additional tips to help you keep yourself and others safe are:

  • If a friend is about to drive impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.
  • Buckle up. It’s your best defense in the event of a crash. 
  • Pedestrians are at risk, too. If you’re walking, keep an eye out for cars. If you’re driving, remain alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street signs.

The St. Patrick’s Day enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

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