Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign
August 12, 2014
Carbondale Police Department Begins Late-Night Enforcement Crackdown
Steps up late-night impaired driving and safety belt enforcement
Carbondale, IL – The Carbondale Police Department today announced its late-night plans for the 2014 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Impaired Driving Crackdown focusing on the deadliest time of day for motor vehicle fatalities. The intensified enforcement effort against the overwhelming number of late-night impaired drivers and seat belt law violators emphasizes the disproportionate number of traffic deaths occurring during late-night hours.
According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the midnight to 3 a.m. timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roads. The data also shows this time of day has the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and the lowest occupant restraint use.
“The numbers do not lie. To help prevent fatalities on Illinois roadways, we are stepping up our late-night enforcement efforts, making sure impaired drivers are off the road and motorists are buckled up,” said Police Chief Jody O’Guinn. “If you drive impaired or are unbuckled at night, we will find you and arrest you or give you a ticket.”
Carbondale Police Departmentrecommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive impaired as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving. Other important tips include:
· Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
· If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
· Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.
· Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers are safely buckled up. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Transportation Safety and it runs concurrently with a media campaign thatwill remind motorists, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
For more information, contact Lt. Heather Reno 618-457-3200 ext. 427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.