Elk Grove Village Police Plan Extra St. Patrick’s Day Traffic Enforcement – Journal & Topics Media Group
March means the green of spring, but Elk Grove Village police are concerned with residents getting behind the wheel after having too much green beer on St. Patrick’s Day, which comes on a Friday (March 17) this year.
From Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 19, Elk Grove Village officers will be out in force looking for intoxicated drivers or those not wearing seatbelts, or committing other traffic violations in their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Drive High. Get a DUI” enforcement campaign.
“This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, and that means more celebrations throughout the weekend,” Elk Grove Village Police Traffic Sgt. Joshua Swoboda said. “If you’ve been drinking, using cannabis, or any other impairing drug, make the smart choice and plan for a sober driver to get you and your friends home safely. Before you put your keys in the ignition, remind yourself, ‘Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.’ We want everyone to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but safe driving is everyone’s responsibility.”
Swoboda said designating a sober driver, or finding a taxi or rideshare is the best way to safely enjoy the holiday.
He warned, “Pedestrians are at risk, too. If you are walking, keep an eye out for cars. Designated drivers: Be alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street signs.”
He also warned those hosting parties at their homes. “Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in an impaired driving crash.”
Police overtime for the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement campaign is funded by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation.
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