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Drive Sober Holiday Campaign In Full Swing

The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, and nearly 200 law enforcement agencies are joining together in Illinois to remind motorists to buckle up and that they will keep impaired drivers off the road. According to preliminary reports, as of December 16th, there were 1,149 fatal crashes and 1,265 fatalities in Illinois in 2021.  That is an increase of 115 people since last year. IDOT Spokesperson Paul Wappel says the message is very simple. Don't drink and drive.

 

 

Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly says that he appreciates law-abiding citizens who help achieve the mission to report unsafe driving and criminal activity, but troopers do remain busy and steadfast in preventing crime and enforcing all laws. 

 

There are Some tips that Kelly says to keep in mind this holiday season. If you're under the influence of alcohol or another impairing substance like marijuana, please do not drive. If you think a driver is impaired, don't get into the car and instead, take their keys and help them get home safely. If you are going to drink alcohol, use marijuana, or take other impairing substances, plan ahead for a sober ride home.  This could be a sober ride program, a cab, or public transportation. If you see an impaired driver on the road, law enforcement asks you to pull over and contact local law enforcement. 

 

 

The campaign runs statewide through January 3rd.  It is funded with federal highway safety funds administered by IDOT. 

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