Evanston Police: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over


Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Evanston, IL – This Thanksgiving holiday, Evanston Police will crack down on drunk drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort, the Evanston Police Department has given a fair warning to all partygoers: keep the party off the road. This enforcement campaign will run from November 17 thru November 30, 2014.

“We want people to remember, enjoy your holiday with family and friends but never drink and drive.” said Sgt. Tracy Williams of the Evanston Police Department traffic bureau.  Before you take your first sip of alcohol anytime over the Thanksgiving holiday figure out who your designated sober driver will be. If you wait until you’re ‘buzzed’ to make a decision, you may decide to drive. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, which means that driving “buzzed” brings very serious consequences.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), The Thanksgiving holiday season is statistically a dangerous time for drunk driving. In 2012, almost half (48%) of all fatal crashes involved a drunk driver.

To keep safe this Thanksgiving holiday, the Evanston Police Department recommends these tips:
•Before the holiday festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
•Always designate a sober driver.
•If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or sleep it off at the party location.
•Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
•If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
•If you know someone who is about to drive or ride after drinking, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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