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Ford, Livingston County Sheriff's target distracted driversFord, Livingston County Sheriff's target distracted drivers

The Livingston County Sheriff’s office will soon join Ford County police authorities in cracking down on distracted driving and speeding to combat the increasing fatal accidents in the county.

Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress issued a statement to the public expressing concern regarding the recent fatal accidents and accidents involving severe injury on roadways in and around the Livingston County area.

Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran issued a similar statement last week.

Childress and Doran agree, saying speeding and distracted driving have played a very large role in most of these crashes. They’re urging the public to do their part to protect themselves, family, and others by not being distracted while driving.

The sheriffs’ would like to inform all citizens and to those traveling through the county that they will be directing the deputies to pick one day out of their week to primarily work traffic enforcement.

During this day of the week, unless they are on a call for service, the deputies will be on the roadways targeting excessive speed and distracted driving.

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Wilmington woman arrested for DUI with 3 juveniles in car

A Wilmington woman was allegedly found to be Driving Under the Influence after she was stopped with three minor females in her car.

Kendall County Sheriff's deputies responded to Route 126 early Tuesday morning around 12:36 am. There, they found 31 year-old Sara Friedrich driving with three minor females.

Friedrich was taken into custody for two counts of DUI. She is also facing a charge of Endangering the Life or Health of a Child.

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DOJ to offer grants for panic buttons in schools

Schools across the country can now use up to $200,000 in federal funds to purchase panic buttons that would get word to law enforcement quicker.

Tucked away in the omnibus spending bill that President Donald Trump signed Friday was language that allows for Department of Justice grants to pay for schools to buy devices similar to panic buttons that are in banks. The DOJ would cover 75 percent of the cost while the schools would pay the rest of the bill, which averages $200,000, according to Bost’s office.

Illinois Congressman Mike Bost, who wrote the original bill, told House members that the technology would give first responders valuable time to address an unfolding emergency.

Illinois Democrat Brad Schneider supported the bill, saying that it was a good first step toward protecting youth when they’re at school.

Schools have from now until Fiscal Year 2021 to act on the offer. {IRN )

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6-vehicle crash kills one in White County, IN

Five cars and a semi were involved in a fatal crash in White County, Indiana Friday. It happened at the intersection of U.S. 24 and County Road 700 West, just east of Wolcott.

Sheriff Pat Shafer reported somebody was burning field debris along Route 24. Witnesses said heavy smoke was blowing across the road, making it difficult to see.

Two people were taken to a Lafayette hospital. One driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff's office is not releasing names at this time as the investigation continues.

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Lake Village, IN crash kills Illinois man

One person was killed in a crash in Newton County, IN Friday night. Sheriff's police report it happened around 10:15 pm at the intersection of U.S. 41 and County Road 950 North.

A car driven eastbound by a 17-year-old man from Tinley Park, IL crossed the north bound lanes of U.S. 41. The driver failed to stop for a semi headed northbound and was killed in the crash.

The 47-year-old semi driver from Morroco refused medical treatment at the scene.

Names of the drivers are not being released at this time.

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