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Posted on: November 13, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Lombard Police Kick-Off Thanksgiving Campaign

Drive Sober logo with Thanksgiving background

The Lombard Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket” during the Thanksgiving Enforcement Campaign for safe and sober driving, from Nov. 17 through Nov. 27.

“Thanksgiving means more vehicles on the road – and an increased risk of crashes,” said Police Sergeant Tom Balsitis. “No matter how long or short your drive, remember to buckle up and make sure children are in a safe seat. By buckling up and making a plan for a sober ride home, you help everyone have a safe and happy holiday.”

The goal of this high-visibility effort is to reduce motor vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities. Correct seat belt use is the most effective way to protect vehicle occupants. According to IDOT, the statewide seatbelt usage rate has room for improvement at 92.9%. 

If you’ll be celebrating with alcohol or other impairing substances, please remember: 

  • Plan for a sober ride home before you go out. 
  • If you’ve been drinking or using marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, or call a family member to get you home safely.
  • Use your favorite ride-share service, such as Uber or Lyft, or use public transportation.
  • If you see a drunk driver, pull over safely and call 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is the best defense against an impaired driver.

The Thanksgiving enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

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