December has again been declared National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
Along with driving under the influence of alcohol, impaired driving also includes drugged driving and distracted driving. Drugged/drunk driving and distracted driving are two of the fatal four violations that the Illinois State Police continues to focus on.
The ISP will be doing its part in observing National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. From Dec. 16 through Jan. 1, the ISP will be participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. This campaign seeks to raise awareness of the dangers associated with drunk and drugged driving. Through awareness and enforcement, the ISP will work to remove drunk and drugged drivers from Illinois roads.
The ISP will also continue to focus on individuals who drive distracted. Often, distracted drivers are reported as drunk or drugged drivers to the police. They exhibit the same driving behaviors associated with people driving while intoxicated. So far this year, the ISP has issued almost 11,000 distracted driving citations and 10,460 written warnings.
“Our main objective is always zero fatalities,” Interim District 11 Commander Lt. Timothy Tyler said. “In order to accomplish this goal, we will have troopers out patrolling around the clock aggressively looking for drivers that are driving impaired, and distracted driving. Don’t forget impairment starts with the first drink you consume. Driving impaired and distracted driving is a crime.”
The Illinois State Police is encouraging the public to remain committed to preventing instances of drunk, drugged and distracted driving by promoting responsible driving behavior. Designate a driver; call a taxi, friend, or family member for a ride; and avoid distractions while behind a wheel.
As always, remember to watch your speed, buckle up, and move over and slow down when you see emergency vehicles on the side of the road.