Labor Day Drunk Driving Crackdown Begins

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police announce the kickoff of the “Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign leading up to Labor Day.

Beginning August 24, state police will join more than 250 local police departments and county sheriff’s offices to increase enforcement leading up to Labor Day. Authorities will be doing more roadside safety checks and adding hundreds of hours of drunk and drugged driving patrols.

This Labor Day crackdown is also part of the “Click It or Ticket” program in Illinois, funded with federal traffic safety dollars and administered by IDOT. Motorists are reminded to buckle their seat belts no matter where they are sitting in a vehicle, especially during late-night hours.

Officials say these high-visibility holiday enforcements campaigns are important in that they show the public how often drunk and drugged driving affects lives every day.

IDOT’s Director of Traffic Safety Jared Thornley says they are making progress in reducing impaired driving, but it still remains a problem on Illinois roads.

“Getting the word out about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving is a big part of why we do these holiday enforcement crackdowns. Unfortunately, the facts often aren’t enough to get the driving public’s attention. That’s why enforcement is necessary to keep Illinois roads as safe as they can be,” Thornley explains.

Traffic safety statistics report that impaired drivers play a role in more than 300 highway deaths and hundreds more serious injuries every year.

ISP Colonel Mike Zerbonia instructs the public to always designate a driver before going out to help ensure everyone makes it home safe.

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