Illinois is joining other U.S. states, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Governors’ Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) over the Labor Day holiday weekend to increase enforcement of state laws prohibiting drunk driving. The program, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” combines a media ad campaign with increased patrols and additional sobriety checkpoints.
Illinois law enforcement agencies use sobriety checkpoints and vehicle patrols year-round, and officers are trained to look for clues that may indicate drunk driving whenever they are on duty. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program, however, puts more officers on the roads over the holiday weekend, when the number of impaired drivers and the number of car accidents they cause tends to increase. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), warning the public about increased patrols in advance is the best way to deter drunk driving, as drivers realize they shouldn’t take the risk of getting caught. For drivers who take the risk anyway, the increased patrols increase the chance of removing them from the roads before they can cause a serious injury or a fatal car accident.
According to the NHTSA, nearly 11,000 U.S. motorists are killed in drunk driving-related car accidents each year. Practicing safe, sober driving can help prevent serious injuries and loss of life on the road. At The Bradley Law Firm, our experienced Chicago drunk driving accident victim lawyers can help you understand your legal rights after a car accident and fight to protect them. For a free consultation, call us today at 312-252-1488.