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Drive Sober this Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for caring and sharing, which is why the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving with a "Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "DriveHigh. Get a DUI." enforcement campaign.


From Dec. 15 through Jan. 2, law enforcement across Illinois will show zero tolerance for alcohol - and drug-impaired driving to keep our roads safe and help ensure a happy holiday season.


"If you are celebrating with festive drinks or other impairing substances, make a plan for a safe ride home before you leave for the party," said Sheriff Jack Campbell. "Driving impaired is simply unacceptable. That's why we make zero exceptions and arrest all impaired drivers. There are no excuses."


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, in the United States in 2021, a total of 13,384 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes each year from 2017 to 2021, with one person killed in a drunk-driving crash approximately every 42 minutes. these fatalities are preventable, and drivers must remember that driving impaired - by alcohol, cannabis, or any other substance, whether legal or not - is potentially deadly and illegal behavior.


The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving: Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride-sharing service. If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and contact the police by dialing 911. Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take their keys and make arrangements to get them home safely. They'll thank you later.


The holiday enforcement campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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