Press release submitted by the Illinois Department of Transportation|
IDOT Partners with State Police to Launch ImpairedDriving Campaign for Super Bowl Weekend
Law Enforcement to Host Over 500 Roadside Safety Checks, Enforcement Zones
SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois StatePolice (ISP) officials today launched the You Drink & Drive. You Lose campaign andannounced their efforts to boost enforcement over Super Bowl weekend. As part of themobilization, nearly 100 local police departments and county sheriff offices will host acombined total of over 500 roadside safety checks, safety belt enforcement zones andother details scheduled to take place this weekend.
"IDOT is committed to the fight against impaired driving and will continuously formstrategic partnerships to hold those accountable," said Illinois Transportation SecretaryGary Hannig. "Impaired driving can severely alter a pleasant Super Bowl weekend byturning it into a devastating night of unforgettable tragedy. That is why IDOT is workingwith law enforcement to ensure impaired drivers are promptly arrested and removed fromIllinois roadways."
The You Drink & Drive. You Lose impaired driving enforcement mobilizations takeplace during major holidays or special events when impaired driving fatalities tend to behigher. Highly visible law enforcement including impaired driving saturation patrols androadside safety checks are an effective tool in the impaired driving battle. Approximately$400,000 in federal highway safety funds are being committed to provide stepped upimpaired driving and safety belt enforcement.
"Throughout Super Bowl weekend, the Illinois State Police will remain diligent inenforcing driving under the influence and other violations commonly linked to crashes,"said Illinois State Police Acting Director Jonathon Monken. "Law enforcementrecognizes alcoholic beverages are often part of the big game. If you choose to drink,don't drive. Ask someone to be a designated driver prior to starting your celebration orcall a taxi service to make sure you arrive home safely."
During the last five years in Illinois (2006-2010), 14 motor vehicle fatalities occurred onSuper Bowl Sunday. Five of those fatalities or 36 percent involved a drinking driver. Incomparison, last year three of the four fatalities that occurred in Illinois involved a driverwho had been drinking.
The Illinois Department of Transportation suggests the following tips for those planningto consume alcohol while watching the Super Bowl:
•Designate a sober driver before the party begins;
•Call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you
•If established, use your community's designated driver program;
•Report impaired drivers to law enforcement;
•Spend the night where the activity is being held and sleep it off;
•Always buckle up – it's your best defense against an impaired driver.
The You Drink & Drive. You Lose crackdown began January 28 and runs throughFebruary 6, 2011. For more information about impaired driving in Illinois, log ontowww.drivesoberillinois.org.
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