The Naperville Police Department Urges You to Celebrate Safely this Super Bowl Weekend or Risk Getting Sacked with a DUI
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
NAPERVILLE, Ill.— The Naperville Police Department announced today that it will conduct special patrols this Super Bowl weekend, looking for and cracking down on alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers.
“We are reminding everyone in Naperville to drive sober this weekend or get pulled over!” said Sgt. Derek Zook. “If you plan on drinking alcohol during the Super Bowl, pass your keys to a sober, designated driver before the party begins. Our officers will be working overtime with increased impaired driving saturation patrols to catch and arrest anyone who is driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.”
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in the United States — 31 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in the nation. The numbers go even higher on weekends. There were 5,447 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, making up 40 percent of all fatalities that occurred during weekends.
Sgt. Zook said that always designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive impaired are just two of several simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or a DUI arrest. Other important tips include:
Call a taxi, use mass transit, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely; Report impaired drivers to law enforcement; Spend the night where the activity is being held and sleep it off; Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver. “We will show zero tolerance,” said Sgt. Zook. “So remember, designate your sober driver before the parties begin.”
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT and is part of Illinois Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
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.