Give the gift of holiday safety: Drive sober, arrive alive
Give the gift of holiday safety:
Drive sober, arrive alive
Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and
more than 200 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are
joining together to remind motorists that the most important gift
they can give to friends and family is their safe arrival. During
this busy travel time, law enforcement will be increasing its
lifesaving efforts to keep impaired drivers off the roads and
make sure that all travelers buckled up.
winter holidays are the perfect time to show your friends, family
members and communities how much you care,” said Cynthia Watters,
IDOT’s bureau chief of Safety Programs and Engineering. “I can’t
think of a better way to do that than by giving the gift of
safety. Drive sober and make sure your loved ones do the same.
When it comes to seat belts, check them twice for a safer ride.
Everyone around you will be merry and bright when you show how
much their safety means to you.”
to preliminary data, as of Dec. 16, there were 1,149 fatal
crashes and 1,265 fatalities in Illinois in 2021. This represents
an increase of 115 fatalities from the same period in 2020.
troopers will remain steadfast in preventing crime and enforcing
all laws to increase public safety and improve the quality of
life for everyone in Illinois,” said Illinois State Police
Director Brendan F. Kelly. “We appreciate all of the
law-abiding individuals who help us achieve our mission through
safe driving and by reporting unsafe driving and criminal
activity, so together we can enjoy a safe holiday season.”
you head over the river and through the woods to enjoy your
holiday festivities, keep the following tips in mind:
·If you’re under the
influence of alcohol or another impairing substance, don’t drive.
·If you think a driver is
impaired, don’t get in the car. Instead, take their keys and help
them get home safely.
·If you are going to drink
alcohol, use marijuana or take another impairing substance, plan
ahead for a sober ride home. Options include your community’s
sober ride program, a cab, public transportation or your favorite
·If you see an impaired
driver on the road, pull over and contact local law enforcement.
enforcement campaign runs statewide through Jan. 3, funded with
federal highway safety funds administered by IDOT.
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