Naperville Police Encourage Motorists to Drive Merry, Bright and Sober This Holiday Season
With the holidays in full swing, Naperville Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to remind motorists about the dangers of impaired driving. From Dec. 16 through Jan. 2, 2023, law enforcement across Illinois will step up enforcement efforts with a high visibility “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Drive High. Get a DUI.” traffic safety campaign.
“We want everyone in our community to enjoy the holidays without worrying about the dangers of impaired drivers,” said Naperville Police Sgt. Derek Zook. “During the campaign, you can expect to see extra safety patrols. We will show zero tolerance for alcohol- and drug-impaired driving to help ensure everyone makes it to and from their holiday festivities safely.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a total of 11,654 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver in 2020. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2016 to 2020, with one person killed in an alcohol-related crash every 45 minutes in 2020.
Before the holiday fun begins, plan for a sober ride home and remember these tips:
- 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 contact the Naperville Police Department by dialing 9-1-1.
- Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take away the keys and arrange to get them home safely. They’ll thank you later.
- Always buckle up!
This holiday enforcement campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds managed by NHTSA.
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.