From the Patch:
The Buffalo Grove Police Department will be on the lookout for drunken drivers over the Halloween holiday. An “aggressive” enforcement effort will kick off on Oct. 19 and continue through Nov. 3, according to a news release from the police department.
Read the entire story at: https://patch.com/illinois/buffalogrove/police-conduct-aggressive-dui-detail-over-halloween-cops
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago police say they will be saturating the Rogers Park neighborhood Friday night to look for DUI drivers.
The “DUI saturation patrol” will take place between 7 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Saturday in the North Side neighborhood, Chicago police said.
The patrols will concentrate on a pre-designated area with officers continually monitoring for signs of impaired driving, police said. The patrols will also look for speeding and safety belt violations.
Police said they may deploy their “Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit” which expedites the DUI charging process and allows for offenders to be released from the site with an individual recognizance bond, police said.
The Illinois State Police and more than 150 local police departments are planning enhanced DUI patrols and roadblocks for the Fourth of July holiday.
According to Patch:
This Fourth of July, please designate a sober driver and don’t let friends or family members drive
drunk. Other important tips include:
- Give your designated driver your keys before you go out.
- If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass
- transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
- Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences.
From the Libertyville Patch:
From the Lake County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff Mark Curran announced the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with State and local law enforcement for the St. Patrick’s Day traffic safety enforcement campaign. The national campaign begins Friday, March 16 and runs through Sunday, March 18, 2018. Funding for this traffic safety campaign is made possible through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Administration and is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Sheriff Mark Curran stated, “Highway patrol units will be in force beginning Friday morning, as a reminder to motorists to secure a designated driver or alternative means of transportation if their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are away from home.
And from the Orland Park Patch:
The Orland Park Police Department will conduct extra enforcement patrols over St. Patrick’s Day weekend to crack down on drunk drivers and make sure everyone in the car is buckled up. Expect to see more Orland Park police officers patrolling the streets starting Friday, March 16 through the early morning hours of Sunday, March 18.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, drunk driving has killed more than 300 people during each of the last four years in Illinois.
“If you plan on going out for St. Patrick’s Day, always think ahead and designate a sober driver,” said Village Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee. “Remember, it’s not just about you. There are other people on the road who want to get where they are going safely.”
Please follow these tips to stay safe on the road:
- If you will be drinking, arrange in advance for a cab, ride-sharing service or designated driver to take you home.
- If you become impaired, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi or ride-sharing service, or phone a sober friend or family member.
- If someone you know has been drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe way home.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1. Your actions could help save someone’s life.
- Buckle your seat belt, regardless of where you are seated. By law, all occupants, in all seating positions, must wear their seat belt.
From the Hinsdale Patch (story by Andrea Earnest):
This Halloween, the Hinsdale Police Department is cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort.
“On Halloween, we urge you to beware of impaired driving,” Deputy Chief Erik Bernholdt, said in a release. “Driving impaired by alcohol or drugs is deadly, it is illegal and it will get you pulled over and arrested this Halloween.”
According to the department, the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign urges everyone to follow these simple tips to help keep roads safe during Halloween:
- Plan a safe way to get home before you attend a party.
- Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get home.
- Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Designate a sober
friend to walk you home.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as it is safe to do so.
- If you see an impaired person about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.
The Halloween enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.