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Celebrating Thanksgiving? Buckle up and Drive Sober

This Thanksgiving, Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is joining the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement to ensure holiday travelers are buckled up and driving sober with a "Click It or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign that runs Nov. 17-27.


"Thanksgiving means more vehicles on the road - and an increased risk of crashes," said Sheriff Jack Campbell. "No matter how long or short your drive, remember to buckle up and make sure children are in a safe seat. By buckling up and making a plan for a ride home, you help everyone have a safe and happy holiday."


Officials say this high-visibility effort aims to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities. Proper seatbelt use is the most effective way to protect vehicle occupants. According to IDO1, the statewide seatbeltseatbelt usage rate has room for improvement at 92.9%.


If you'll be celebrating with alcohol or other impairing substances, please remember:

• Plan for a sober ride home before you go out.

•Call a taxi, take mass transit, or ask a family member to get you home safely.

• Use your favorite ride-share service, IfUber or Lyft, or take public

transportation.

• It you see a drunk driver, pull over safely and call 211.

• Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is the best defense

against an impaired driver.


The Thanksgiving enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds

administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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