RPD to conduct St. Paddy’s holiday drunk driving campaign

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The Rockford Police Department will be taking part in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s St. Patrick’s Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign March 13-22.

The Department’s main focus will be impaired drivers as well as those not wearing safety belts.

Rockford police officers will be patrolling throughout the area looking for these violations.

The Illinois State Police and Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department will be working with RPD to conduct joint roadside safety checkpoints.

People hosting St. Patrick’s Day parties should also keep in mind that they can be held liable if people served at their parties are arrested for a drunk driving crash.

To prevent this from happening make sure there are designated drivers for those drinking, provide plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages, keep numbers for local cab companies to make sure people who are drinking get home safe and make sure to take the keys from anyone who is thinking about driving drunk.

If you are attending a party and intend to drink make sure to plan ahead such as getting a designated driver or have the number for a cab company to call to get home safe.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered through IDOT’s Division of Transportation Safety.

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