As one of the country's most popular holidays, St. Patrick's Day has long celebrated the roots of millions of Americans with Irish ancestry. But all too often, the celebration can turn deadly because of impaired driving. This year, if you'll be drinking alcohol, the Will County Sheriff's Office has some advice: "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!"
"The Will County Sheriff's Office will be on patrol this St. Pat's Day, so make sure you obey the law," said Sergeant Kyle Lakomiak. "Don't drink and drive, and don't let your friends do it either. Help us make zero fatalities a reality in Illinois."
In addition to looking for alcohol and drug impaired drivers, the Sheriff's office will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest.
Sgt. Lakomiak also advises to always designate a sober driver before you leave your home or take everyones keys who are attending a party at a residence. These simple steps can help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest.
Other tips include: Serve plenty of food; Keep phone numbers for cab companies handy or put an Uber App on your phone and use it; Ask a sober friend or call a family member to give you a ride home; If you're at a residence and drink too much, stay there and sleep it off; never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive drunk; and always buckle up!
The St. Patrick's Day "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation. -end-