Keep Your Holidays Merry and Bright:
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
This holiday season, the Palatine Police Department will work around the clock to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for impaired drivers. Now through January 2, the Palatine Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois in a year-end "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign.
The holidays are a special time, full of excitement and endless festivities. Too often, these celebrations bring higher numbers of impaired drivers to the roads, endangering other motorists. Drunk and drug-impaired driving is deadly. Last year, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States. Of those killed, 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes in which a driver had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of 0.08.
The Palatine Police Department has joined in this effort to save more lives by having extra uniformed Palatine police officers on the streets conducting saturation patrols dedicated to identifying and arresting impaired drivers, as well as strictly enforcing speeding, cell phone and seat belt violations. Officers will be looking for, and ticketing, individuals who aren’t buckled up.
In addition, the Palatine Police Department will conduct a Roadside Safety Check from the late evening hours on December 22nd through the early morning hours on December 23rd in the area of Algonquin and Roselle Roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the midnight to 3:00 a.m. timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roads. This timeframe also has the lowest occupant restraint use involving motor vehicle fatalities.
Impaired driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s license, are charged higher insurance rates and pay unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing, repairs and lost wages. The ultimate cost of impaired driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills. Driving impaired by alcohol, drugs or both is a deadly choice that too often carries deadly consequences. The choice should always be simple: Never drive impaired. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement effort is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Let’s all work together to make our roadways safe this holiday season!