The Algonquin Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and about 200 other police and sheriff’s offices across the state. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign runs from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2. Law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunken or drugged driving.
Police aim to drastically reduce impaired driving on state roads through an increased number of state and national messages about the dangers of impaired driving and more officers enforcing lifesaving seat belt, speeding and distracted driving laws.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 10,874 people were killed in the U.S. in drunken driving crashes in 2017. Throughout Illinois in 2017, alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes claimed 349 lives.
Alcohol-impaired driving isn’t the only risk on the road. If drivers are impaired by any substance – whether alcohol or drugs – they should not get behind the wheel.
Tips for safe holiday driving include:
• Remember, it’s never OK to drive impaired by drugs or alcohol, even if you’ve only had one alcoholic beverage.
• Designate a sober driver, use public transportation, use a ride-sharing service or opt to spend the night at the party site.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact the Algonquin Police Department.
• If you have a friend who is about to drive impaired, take away the keys and help him or her get home safely.
Extra enforcement is funded with federal highway safety dollars and administered by IDOT in partnership with the Algonquin Police Department and law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois and the nation.
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