Rockford police to participate in St. Patrick’s Day drive sober campaign

Staff Report

The Rockford Police Department will be participating in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s St. Patrick’s Holiday Drive Sober/Get Pulled Over Campaign.
The Rockford Police Department’s main focus will be on impaired drivers. Officers will also be stopping drivers for failure to wear their seat belts.
Rockford police officers will be out conducting roving saturation patrols looking for these violations. These enforcement details will be conducted between March 10 and March 17.
The Rockford Police Department also makes the following recommendations:
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:

  • Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunk driving crash;
  • Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers;
  • Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party; and
  • Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
  • If you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day party:
  • Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys;
  • If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up, or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;
  • Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while drunk; and
  • Always buckle up — it is still your best defense against a drunk driver.

The St. Patrick’s Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety.

From the March 12-18, 2014 print edition

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