Danville Police have joined a nationwide safety campaign cracking down on impaired and unbuckled drivers. The campaign kicks off today – Monday, December 16th – and runs through January 2nd.
‘’While parties are an enjoyable part of the holiday season, we urge our community members to keep the merriment off the roads,’’ said Danville Police Commander Terry McCord. ‘’If your celebration will involve alcohol, please plan ahead for a sober ride home and remember to buckle up – it’s the best defense against an impaired driver.’’
Commander McCord suggests you keep these tips in mind to help ensure a safe and joyful holiday season:
- Before you head to a party, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get safely back home.
- If available, use your community’s sober ride program.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and call 911.
- If you have a friend who is about to drive impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.
- Always buckle up.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving drunk driving last December. Over the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s holidays alone there were 285 drunk-driving related fatalities in Illinois.
The Illinois ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign is administered and funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds. The funds are managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.