St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the police are going to be relaxing this weekend. Many revelers continue the party into the weekend, and with the opening rounds of March Madness on the TV screens, you can bet there will be an uptick in drunk driving arrests in the next few days. In an effort to catch those drivers and keep citizens safe, the Illinois Department of Transportation will add extra DUI patrols throughout the weekend.
Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over
More than 150 law enforcement agencies across the state will take part in the enhanced crackdown. Naperville is one of the departments that will join in drunk driving crackdown.
“Naperville Police will be on patrol…so make sure you obey the law,” said Sgt. Derek Zook. “Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends do it, either. If you choose to drink, designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely from the party. If you’re planning on driving, don’t drink. The last thing you want is to ride to jail with a cop.”
According to Sgt. Zook, drunk drivers aren’t going to be the only targets for police. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will also be on the lookout for drivers who fail to wear their seat belt. Police also plan to step up the seat belt enforcement at night, because statistics show that fewer people wear their seat belt at night compared to the daytime hours.
So if you’re planning on drinking some green beer this weekend or you simply want to head to a bar and watch the basketball games, plan ahead for a sober ride. Buses, cabs and Ubers will be your best friend this weekend. There’s no reason to drink and drive at any time, but this especially holds true when you know the cops will be out in full force looking for drunk drivers. The luck of the Irish isn’t going to get you out of a drunk driving arrest. If you call us at (630) 717-7801, we’ll try to work our magic the best we can, but we want everyone to have a safe and fun-filled weekend, so please, make smart decisions.