Naperville Police: Don’t Rely on the Luck o’ the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day

Drive sober and buckle up for a safe celebration

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over logoThe Naperville Police Department will conduct special patrols on St. Patrick’s Day weekend to arrest impaired drivers and to encourage use of seat belts by all passengers.

“We’re urging you to plan ahead for St. Patrick’s Day festivities,” said Naperville Police Sgt. Derek Zook. “Don’t ever drive under the influence of alcohol or any drug. It’s not just about you. There are other people on the roads who are impacted by your decisions.”

If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:

  • Remember, you can be held liable if someone you serve is involved in an impaired driving crash.
  • Make sure your guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Download a ride-sharing app on your phone to help partygoers and keep phone numbers for local cab companies handy.
  • Take keys away from anyone who is planning to drive impaired.

If you’re going out for St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Designate a sober driver ahead of time and give that person your keys.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, call a cab, use ride-sharing, have a sober friend or family member pick you up or stay where you are and sleep it off.
  • Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they’re about to drive impaired.
  • Buckle up – it’s your best defense in a crash.

Pedestrians are at risk, too. If you are walking, keep an eye out for cars. If you are a designated driver, remain alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street signs and pedestrian signals.

The St. Patrick’s Day enforcement campaign is part of the Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs supported through federal 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.