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State To Help Macomb Police Step Up Late Night Patrols

Aug 15, 2014

The Macomb Police Department is getting more than $8,300 from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The money will be used to cover overtime costs for officers.  They will spend the additional time watching for impaired driving and enforcing seat belt use.

Lt. Dave Burnham said it’s part of a state-wide effort to lower the number of late-night fatalities.

“It generally focuses on times periods when people historically have not used their seat belts so I think there’s details that go until 4 or 5 in the morning.”

The money will also allow the department to increase enforcement around the holidays.

Lt. Burnham says in past years, IDOT grants have led to an increase in DUI arrests and tickets for lack of seat belts and child car seats.