Don’t risk becoming a statistic this Labor Day. State police are teaming up with hundreds of local agencies to setup roadside safety checks targeting motorists who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs this holiday weekend.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
It marks the kickoff of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. From Aug. 24 through Sept. 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners nationwide and all around Illinois will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.
This Labor Day crackdown is also part of the Click It or Ticket program in Illinois, funded with federal traffic safety dollars and administered by IDOT. Motorists are reminded to buckle their seat belts no matter where they are sitting in a vehicle, especially during late-night hours.
Despite increased messages about drunk driving dangers, according to officials, impaired drivers still play a role in more than 300 highway deaths and hundreds of serious injuries each year.
In an attempt to prevent more deaths at the hands of repeat DUI offenders, the state recently passed new legislation. Under the new law signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, anyone with numerous DUI charges and convictions is required to use a device which links a breathalyzer to the ignition of your car. If a trace of alcohol is registered, your car will not start. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2016.
Drivers are encouraged to use common sense and designate a sober driver before heading out. Remember, a seat belt is your best defense against a drunk driver. Drivers who are on the roadway and spot impaired drivers are encouraged to pull over and notify local police immediately.
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