This Labor Day, and Every Day, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober LogoThe Naperville Police Department has begun a traffic safety campaign focusing on drunk, unbuckled and distracted drivers. The high-visibility crackdown will run through the early morning hours of September 4, 2018 to include the Labor Day holiday, an often deadly time on Illinois roads.

“We need our community to understand that it’s up to everyone to make the smart decision to drive sober on Labor Day and every day,” said Naperville Police Sgt. Derek Zook. “This isn’t about writing tickets or making arrests. This is about saving lives and helping people realize impaired driving can be fatal. It’s a matter of life or death.”

The Naperville Police Department is partnering with the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement across Illinois for the statewide effort.

Statistics show that an average of 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes each year from 2012 to 2016 – that’s one fatality every 50 minutes or the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year with no survivors.

As we approach Labor Day weekend, remember to designate a sober driver and don’t let friends or family members drive drunk. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times, making driving unsafe.

The Illinois Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is administered and funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal dollars managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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