Remember: 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'
(Rock Island, IL) – With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, the Rock Island Police Department is reminding motorists to plan ahead for a sober ride home to keep celebrations from turning deadly.
“We understand people are looking for a reason to celebrate, but we urge you to do so safely,” said Chief Jeffrey R. VenHuizen. “While festivities may look different this year, the basics remain the same: If you’ll be drinking or using cannabis or another impairing substance, make the right choice to find a sober driver to get you and your friends home safely.”
In addition to patrolling for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers, the Rock Island Police Department will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest. Speed limits and distracted driving laws will also be strictly enforced.
Designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive impaired are two simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for driving under the influence.
Other important tips:
The St. Patrick’s Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation.