This Halloween, the Elmhurst Police Department is cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. Holiday revelers are receiving fair warning ahead of time: Keep the party off the road!
“On Halloween, we urge you to beware of impaired driving,” says Commander Gandy. Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is deadly, it is illegal, and it will get you pulled over and arrested this Halloween.” Just one DUI arrest could cost an estimated $18,000 or more and result in revoked driving privileges for up to a year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates more than 300 people were killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes each of the last three years in Illinois. In 2014, 302 people lost their lives in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above. That number rose slightly to 315 alcohol-related deaths in 2015 and held steady in 2016.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign urges everyone to follow these simple tips to help keep our roads safe over Halloween:
· Plan a safe way to get home before you attend a party.
- Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get home.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as it is safe to do so.
- If you see an impaired person about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.
This Halloween enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.