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End of summer Labor Day celebrations are fun and festive, but the Lombard Police Department is reminding residents that due to alcohol and drug impaired drivers, it is also dangerous.
This Labor Day, Lombard Officers are partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to stop drunk drivers and help save lives.
The high-visibility “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown runs from Aug. 22 through Sept. 5. During this period, law enforcement will show zero tolerance for impaired driving or seat belt law violators. The Lombard Police Department will be out in full force to discourage drunk and drugged driving and a roadside safety checkpoint is scheduled for Friday, August 26 at an undisclosed location.
“We need people to understand that impaired driving is a deadly crime,” said Lombard Traffic Unit Officer Paula Rojas. “Impaired driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying annually. There are people who like to pretend that certain laws don’t apply to them, but to be clear: In every state, for every person, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made it even easier to get home safely when you’ve been drinking, with the free SaferRide mobile app, available through iTunes and Google Play. The app allows you to call pre-selected contacts or a taxi, and also identifies your location so you can be picked up.
Officer Rojas and the Lombard Police Department want you to know that two easy steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving are to always designate a sober driver and to never let friends drive drunk. Other important tips include:
• You can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunk-driving crash. • Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.• Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages if hosting a party.• Give your car keys to a designated sober driver before the party begins. • Take the keys away friends who attempt to drive drunk and call them a ride. • If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up, or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober. Just don’t drive drunk!• Always buckle up – it is your best defense against a drunk driver.
The Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. For more information visit www.villageoflombard.org/drivingsafety.