Police out in full force for Labor Day

Law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT

As summer winds down, the Plainfield Police Department is ramping up its traffic enforcement efforts as part of the national crackdown on drunk driving. The high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation to curb drunk and drugged driving and save lives.

From Aug. 24 through Sept. 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners nationwide and all around Illinois will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving impaired by alcohol or other drugs, coupled with roadside safety checks and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of impaired driving. In addition, seat belt law violators will receive a ticket – no exceptions.

In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in drunk driving crashes in the U.S., almost a third of all traffic fatalities.

38 percent of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend that year involved drunk drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher, amounting to 161 lives lost.

Of the 10,076 people who were killed in impaired driving crashes in 2013, 65 percent were the drunk drivers themselves. 

In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Plainfield Police want to remind drivers that it’s not a recommendation; it’s the law. And during the enforcement period that started Aug. 24, there will be a special emphasis on drunk driving enforcement. Local drivers should expect to see more patrol vehicles, roadside safety checks and increased messaging about this crime.

Drunk driving is preventable; all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. And remember a seat belt is your best defense in a crash, so buckle up every time, every trip.

This law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT. For more information about the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.buckleupillinois.org. 

Please remember: In Illinois, children are required to be in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8 and it is recommended that all children younger than 13 ride in the back seat.

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