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Report holiday drunk drivers, get $100

Updated: January 22, 2012 8:12AM

An anti-drunk driving group is hoping to pad the wallets of people who report drunk drivers on the roads this holiday season.

The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists is expanding its “Drunkbusters” program throughout Illinois for the next two weekends.

The program, in which callers can be paid $100 for reporting an impaired driver who’s eventually arrested for DUI, runs year round in Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Will and Kane counties.

Since it started in 1990, Drunkbusters has paid out more than $445,000 and led to the arrests of more than 4,450 impaired motorists, the alliance said. The program is funded by fines collected from convicted drunk drivers.

The alliance said more than 800 people were injured by impaired drivers last year during the Christmas holiday and more than 535 during the New Year’s holiday.

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