Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies in Holiday Safety Campaign

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois Department of Transportation have joined forces to talk about why it’s dangerous to drive when you’re not fully in control.

They’ve launched a campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Drive High. Get a DUI.” Their aim is to keep everyone safe, especially during the holidays.

Strict Enforcement for Safer Roads

Until January 2nd, police all over Illinois are taking a strong stand against driving when you’ve had alcohol or drugs.

They want to make sure the roads are safe for everyone, making this holiday season a happy one without any accidents.

Here’s some news that’ll grab your attention for sure:

Why Driving Under the Influence is Dangerous?

Last year in the U.S., about 13,384 people died in car crashes caused by someone who had been drinking alcohol.

On average, more than 10,000 people died every year from 2017 to 2021 in crashes related to alcohol.

That means someone died because of drunk driving almost every 45 minutes. But here’s the thing – these deaths can be stopped.

It’s important to know that driving when you’re not fully okay because of alcohol, weed, or any other drug, whether it’s legal or not, is really dangerous and against the law.

Safe Choices for Everyone

The Sheriff’s Office has some tips to stay safe:

  • Pick someone who hasn’t been drinking to drive or use a taxi or a ride service.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and dial 911.
  • If your friend is about to drive after drinking, find a way to get them home safe. They’ll appreciate it later.
  • And, of course, always wear your seatbelt.

Campaign Management

This holiday campaign is managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation, using funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They’re doing this to make sure everyone stays safe while using the roads.

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