The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police have a message for Halloween revelers this weekend: Keep the party off the road. Law enforcement officers will be cracking down on drunk drivers and seat belt law violators throughout the weekend.
Joining the State Police will be local law enforcement throughout Illinois to pull over and arrest impaired drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Police will have zero tolerance for impaired drivers.
“The scariest part of Halloween is not the spooky costumes and scary pranks, it’s the alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers,” IDOT Director of Traffic Safety Jared Thornley said. “All too often, partygoers don’t plan ahead and choose to drive impaired, but a costume can’t disguise drunk driving. Planning for a safe ride home should be part of everyone’s party preparations.”
Between 2010 and 2014 in Illinois, 16 people died and 1,474 were injured in crashes on Halloween. Five of those fatalities were a result of crashes that involved alcohol.
“The ISP would like for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend,” ISP Col. Tad Williams said. “If your Halloween celebration includes alcohol, remember to celebrate responsibly and designate a driver. Motorists are also reminded to watch their speed, limit distractions and buckle up on their way to and from the celebration.”
Here are a few tips to avoid an impaired driving nightmare:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
- Designate a sober driver.
- Save the number to the local taxi company in your phone.
- Take public transportation.
- Use your community’s Sober Rides program, where available.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact police as soon as it is safe to do so.
The Halloween crackdown is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket programs funded with federal traffic safety dollars, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.