Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2017
CONTACT: Deputy Chief Derek Hyrkas
100 West Woodstock Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
This holiday season, the Crystal Lake Police Department will work around the clock to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. From December 20th through the early morning hours of January 2nd, the Crystal Lake Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois in a year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. Officers also will be looking for, and ticketing, individuals who aren’t buckled up. It is the law in Illinois to wear your seat belt, no matter where you are seated in the vehicle.
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. 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.
Do your part to help us keep the roadways safe this holiday season:
- If you are drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your car keys.
If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up, or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.
- Never let friends leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while drunk.
- Always buckle up – it is your best defense against a drunk driver.
This Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation