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Posted on: March 8, 2016

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This St. Patrick's Day Holiday

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The Lombard Police Department announced they will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick’s Day holiday to crack down on drunk drivers.

To help protect Lombard streets, the Village will add three extra day seatbelt enforcement groups, three night time seat belt enforcement groups, and two DUI nighttime enforcement groups from Thursday, March 17th - Sunday, March 20th.

The Lombard Police Department will be working to crack down on anyone who is driving drunk. In addition to looking for drunk drivers, Lombard Police will be stepping up seat belt enforcement – particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest. Extra enforcement is made possible by Illinois Department of Transportation’s additional enforcement funds from the STEP grant which focuses on DUI and seat belt enforcement during St. Patrick’s Day.

“If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver before the party begins,” said Safety Unit Officer Paula Rojas. “Be responsible or risk a DUI.” Rojas noted that two simple steps to help avoid tragic crashes and drunk driving arrests are to designate a sober driver and to prevent friends from driving drunk.

Other important tips include:
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:
• Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunk driving crash;
• Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers;
• Serve food and include many non-alcoholic beverages at the party;
• Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.

If you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day party:
• 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, or call a cab, sober friend, or family member to pick you up, or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;
• Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while drunk;
• Always buckle up – it is still your best defense against a drunk driver.

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. For more information please call Officer Paula Rojas at (630)620-4661.

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