Naperville Police Are Arresting Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season
Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
This holiday season, Naperville Police will work around the clock to keep drivers and passengers safe by actively searching for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers. From December 18 through the early morning hours of January 2, the Naperville Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois in a year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign.
“Now through New Year’s Day, motorists will notice increased enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Naperville Police Sgt. Derek Zook. “It is vital that we keep our travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day. That’s why we’ll arrest anyone who chooses to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs.”
Officers also will be looking for, and ticketing, individuals who aren’t buckled up. It is the law in Illinois to wear your seat belt, no matter where you are seated in the vehicle.
The holidays are a special time, full of excitement and endless festivities. Too often, these celebrations bring higher numbers of impaired drivers to the roads, endangering other motorists. Drunk and drug-impaired driving is deadly. Last year, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States. Of those killed, 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes in which a driver had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of 0.08.
“We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help save lives by keeping impaired drivers off the road,” said Sgt. Zook.
Impaired driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s license, are charged higher insurance rates and pay unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing, repairs and lost wages. The ultimate cost of impaired driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.