During the recent St. Patrick's Day crackdown the Will County Sheriff's Office made 1 DUI arrest, 31 speeding citations, 27 no insurance citations, 14 driving while license suspended/no valid drivers license, 22 no cell phone/hands-free citations, 9 lane usage/moving violation citations, 22 non-moving citations, along with 13 no seatbelt/child passenger citations.
The Will County Sheriff's Office joined forces with other state and local law enforcement and highway safety partners in the Illinois St. Patrick's Day campaign. The campaign featured high visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities which included a strategic media campaign as well as additional enforcement activity.
The crackdown took place as data shows a recent increase in drunk driving fatalities in Illinois.
This law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety grants through IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety and is part of the statewide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" campaigns. -end-
The Will County Sheriff's Office is announcing that they will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick's Day to crack down on drunk drivers and unbuckled motorists. "We are reminding everyone this weekend to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket", said Sgt. Steve Byland. "If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver before the party begins. Be responsible or risk a DUI".
Too often St. Patrick's Day can be a deadly and dangerous time on our roadways because of drunk driving. That is why starting March 13th and running through March 17th, the Will County Sheriff's Office will be working overtime to catch and arrest anyone who is driving drunk.
If you are hosting a St. Patrick's Day party keep this in mind:
-You can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunk driving crash
-All of your guests should have a designated sober driver in advance
-Serve plenty of food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party
-Keep phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk
If you are attending a St. Patrick's Day party keep this in mind:
-Designate a sober driver before the party begins 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, or sober friend/family member to pick you up or stay where you are until you are sober
-Always buckle up, it is still your best defense against a drunk driver
"Driving drunk is a deadly decision and against the law. We will show zero tolerance," said Sgt. Steve Byland.
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 administered through IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety. -end-