Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding drivers not to drink and drive and to wear their safety belts during this Fourth of July holiday. White warned drivers that Illinois State Police will be conducting DUI patrols during the holiday.
“Drinking and driving is a deadly combination which threatens people’s lives in Illinois every year,” White said. “Choose a sober driver and help us ensure that this holiday doesn’t become a tragedy for any family.”
In 2011, 69 percent of the Fourth of July fatalities in Illinois were alcohol-related. In 2010, 70 percent of the Fourth of July fatalities in Illinois were alcohol-related.
The Fourth of July holiday is the fourth-deadliest holiday for motorists and passengers in Illinois.
If a drunk driver is spotted on the road, drivers are warned to keep a safe distance and try to obtain their license plate number, make, model and color of the vehicle, White advised. Drivers should then pull over and call 911 to report the description, location of the vehicle and direction of travel to the police.
White urged drivers to celebrate the holiday safely by using a designated driver who abstains from drinking. If drinking is involved in the celebration, White suggests taking public transportation, calling a cab or staying overnight. White also reminds drivers that a safety belt is often the best defense against a drunk driver.
From the July 4-10, 2012, issue