The end ofsummer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, often celebrated throughpicnics, pool parties and other gatherings. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday also canbe one of the deadliest because of motor vehicle crashes related to drunk and drug-impaireddrivers.
Once again, the Rock Island Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation to stop drunk and drug-impaireddrivers and help save lives. The high-visibility enforcement campaign, “DriveSober or Get Pulled Over,” runs from Aug. 21 through the early morning hours ofSept. 5. During this period, law enforcement across the state will show zerotolerance for impaired driving. Officers also will be looking for seat-belt lawviolators. This comprehensive effort aims to reduce impaired driving and helpmake zero fatalities a reality on Illinois roads.
National statistics show a frightening trend in drunk driving. Accordingto the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from 9,967 people killed in 2014. This is why the RockIsland Police Department is working with IDOT to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death.
“Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a massive problem in Illinois with more than 300 people dying annually,” said ChiefJeff VenHuizen. “Alcohol- or drug-impaired driving is not acceptablebehavior. It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you go out. We makezero exceptions for impaired driving. There are just no excuses.”
Rock Island Police Department recommendsthe following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
· If you will be drinking, designate a sober driver before you goout.
· Plan to use public transportation, call a cab or use aride-sharing service to get home safely.
· If you see a drunk driver on the road, report them by calling 911
· Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys awayand make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
The 2017 Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaignis funded by federal highway safety funds from NHTSA and managed through IDOT.