information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (July 2, 2020) – Law enforcement officers throughout the state are taking part in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to keep impaired drivers off the roads. The stepped-up effort will extend through July 6.
“Our goal, as always, is to keep motorists safe,” said Cynthia Watters, Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) bureau chief of Safety Programs and Engineering. “The decision to drive impaired has life or death consequences. That’s why we’re so committed to preventing this deadly behavior.”
During the holiday enforcement period, Illinois State Police and local law enforcement in communities throughout the state will work to put an end to impaired driving and enforce seat belt, speeding, and other traffic laws.
To help ensure a safe holiday for all, IDOT offers these tips:
- Ask a sober friend or family member for a ride, call a cab, take public transportation, use a ride-sharing service, or stay where you are until you’re sober.
- Don’t let others with you drive impaired.
- Promptly report impaired drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt. It is your best defense in a crash.
The July Fourth “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is funded with federal highway safety tax dollars administered by IDOT. It coincides with IDOT’s “Life or Death” multimedia campaign that features real-life stories of Illinois residents killed in motor vehicle crashes.