Naperville Police: Drive Merry, Bright and Sober This Holiday Season
With holiday festivities rapidly approaching, the Naperville Police Department is announcing that it will participate in a national enforcement campaign to crack down on impaired and unbuckled drivers through Jan. 2, 2020.
“While parties are an enjoyable part of the holiday season, we urge our community members to keep the merriment off the road,” said Naperville Police Sgt. Derek Zook. “If your celebration will involve alcohol, please plan ahead for a sober ride home and always remember to buckle up – it’s the best defense against an impaired driver.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver last December. Throughout the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s holidays alone, there were 285 drunk-driving-related fatalities – more than any other time that year.
Keep these tips in mind to help ensure a safe and joyful holiday season:
- Before you head to the party, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and call your local police department.
- Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take their keys and help them get home safely.
- Always buckle up!
The Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is administered and funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds 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 www.naperville.il.us.