Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, would like to remind motorists to drive sober or designate a driver while celebrating over the Fourth of July. DUI remains the number one cause of fatal crashes during Independence Day celebrations.
Troopers will be doing their part to keep the roadway safe by watching for and arresting intoxicated drivers.
The ISP encourages those at celebrations involving alcohol to avoid drunk driving altogether. The following tips will help keep you from becoming a statistic.
- Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
- Designate a sober driver before the first drink.
- If you’re impaired, use public transportation or call a sober friend or family member so you are sure to get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, don?t hesitate to call 911.
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to safely get to where they are going. See Something? Say Something.
This year, 64 percent of those involved in fatal traffic crashes in District 12 were not properly restrained. Seatbelt use is the most simple measure occupants can take to help survive a crash. Statistics show, those occupants who stay inside the vehicle during a crash are much more likely to survive. Buckle Up!
“Violations most contributing to fatal crashes are: Speeding, DUI, Failure to Wear Seatbelt, and Distracted Driving. We urge motorists to exercise safe driving habits, while enjoying this holiday weekend.”, said Captain Ristvedt.
Buckle Up! Slow Down! Drive Sober! Operate Alert!