ALTON — The Alton Police Department announced it will partner with the Drug Free Alton Coalition and Madison County Sheriff’s Department to conduct special patrols following school events to crack down on drunken teen drivers for the remainder of the school year in the Alton and Godfrey areas.
“Too often, fun school events can be a deadly and dangerous time on our roadways because of drunk driving,” Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons said. “That is why starting today, and running through the end of the school year, we will be working overtime on roadside safety checks to catch and arrest anyone who is driving drunk.”
Alton Police Department Public Information Officer Pfc. Emily Hejna said adults should take extra care, too.
“The details will be focused to reduce teen alcohol and drug use; however, anyone found in violation of the law will be ticketed,” Hejna said.
Always designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk are two simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunken driving.
“Driving drunk is a deadly decision and it is against the law. We will show zero tolerance to all drivers,” Simmons said. “So remember, designate a sober driver and always buckle up.”
The increased patrols are funded by the Drug Free Alton Coalition in an effort to reduce the usage of drug and alcohol use among youths.