Naperville Police Kick Off Independence Day Campaign for Safe and Sober Driving
The Naperville Police Department is participating in an Independence Day traffic enforcement campaign with a focus on impaired and unbuckled drivers. The safety campaign will run through July 6 to encompass three weekends leading up to and including the Independence Day holiday, one of the deadliest times on Illinois roads.
“We want all our residents and visitors to have an enjoyable and safe holiday,” said Naperville Police Sgt. Rick Krakow. “Remember, if you’re going to drink or use other impairing substances, don’t drive. We will be stepping up patrols to keep impaired drivers off the roads and ensure everyone makes it home safely from their celebrations.”
The Naperville Police Department will join the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local police and sheriff’s departments for the increased statewide enforcement effort.
To keep your 4th of July celebrations safe, plan ahead by designating a sober driver, never driving distracted and always wearing your seat belt. Other important tips include:
- Give your designated driver your keys before you go out.
- If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, use your favorite ride-share service, take mass transit, or call a family member to get you home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver, pull over safely and call 911.
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is the best defense against an impaired driver.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The campaign runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences
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.