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Police Watching For Drunken Drivers This New Year’s

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A police officer conducts a breathalyzer test.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A police officer conducts a breathalyzer test. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Police all over the Chicago area will be on the lookout for drunken drivers this holiday weekend.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, roadside checkpoints will be among the measures set up.

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“There is just so much to lose when driving impaired,” said Alex Cabral of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Not only do you risk killing or injuring yourself or someone else, but the trauma and the financial cost of a crash or an arrest while driving impaired, is significant.”

Not to mention the fact that drunken drivers will go to jail and will lose their driver’s licenses.

“Late night motorists will see roadside safety checks and hundreds of additional enforcement patrols, looking for impaired drivers,” said Robert Park of the Illinois Department of Transportation. “The message is simple: drive sober or get pulled over.”

Chicago Police say the odds you’ll be stopped at a roadside safety check will increase dramatically after dark this weekend.

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