A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:
This Labor Day, Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
This Labor Day, families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer.
Sadly, this festive time is also a dangerous time on our roads, as many alcohol- impaired and drug-impaired drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating.
For this reason, the Crystal Lake Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to stop drunk drivers and help save lives.
The high-visibility “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown runs from August 22nd through September 5th.
During this period, law enforcement across Illinois will show zero tolerance for impaired driving and seat belt law violators.
Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, coupled with roadside safety checks and increased officers on the road, aim to reduce impaired driving in Crystal Lake and Illinois.
During the crackdown period, there will be a special emphasis on impaired driving enforcement.
Local drivers should expect to see more patrol vehicles and increased messaging about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made it even easier to get home safely when you’ve been drinking, with the free SaferRide mobile app, available through iTunes and Google Play. The app allows you to call pre-selected contacts or a taxi, and also identifies your location so you can be picked up.
In addition to looking for drunk drivers, the Crystal Lake Police Department will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are at their lowest.
The Crystal Lake Police Department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive drunk as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving.
Other important tips include:
- Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunk-driving crash.
- Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
- Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
- Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
- Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.
- If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up, or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.
- Never let friends leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while drunk.
- Always buckle up – it is your best defense against a drunk driver.