Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This Halloween
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — This Halloween, the Naperville Police Department is cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort and is giving a fair warning to all partygoers: Keep the party off the road.
“Driving while alcohol or drug impaired is deadly, it is illegal and it will get you pulled over and arrested,” said Sgt. Derek Zook. “If you want to stay safe and out of jail this Halloween, make a plan to get home without driving if you’re impaired.”
In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, 10,625 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in the United States. Even if you drive impaired and don’t end up killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else, you could end up paying $18,000 or more and lose your driving privileges for up to a year for just one DUI.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign works to keep everyone safe on the roads and urges everyone to follow these simple tips:
- Plan a safe way to get home before you attend the party.
- Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, a car service, or a call a sober friend of family member to get home.
- Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
- If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as it is safe to do so by dialing 9-1-1.
This law enforcement crackdown is made possible by federal traffic safety funds through 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.