St. Paddy’s Day has three arrests

By Norther Star Staff

DeKalb Police made two drunk driving arrests and one other significant arrest during the department’s St. Patrick’s Day crackdown.

Lt. James McDougall said two of the arrests were made after midnight, according to a news release by the DeKalb Police Department. Seventeen seat belt citations were written, eight of them occurring during nighttime hours.

DeKalb Police joined forces with other state and local law enforcement and highway safety partners in the Illinois St. Patrick’s Day campaign, according to the release.

The campaign featured high-visibility enforcement combined with outreach activities, including a strategic media campaign and additional enforcement activity.

The crackdown took place because data shows a recent increase in drunk driving fatalities in Illinois, according to the release.