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Oswego Police Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers Through Labor Day

Aug 24, 2016 01:37PM ● Published by Steven Jack

Once again this Labor Day weekend the Oswego Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation in its latest Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket crackdown. This latest initiative is ongoing now through Sept. 5.

During this period, law enforcement across Illinois will show zero tolerance for impaired driving and seat belt law violators. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, coupled with increased officers on the road, aim to reduce impaired driving and increase seat belt usage in Oswego and Illinois.

The Oswego Police Department will step up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are at their lowest.

The OPD wants residents to know that always designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk are just two simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving.

Other important tips include:

For Hosts:
  • Hosts can be held liable and prosecuted if someone they serve is involved in a drunk driving crash. Make sure guests designate a sober driver in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.  
  • Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at a party.
  • Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.
  • Never let guests leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while drunk.

For Party Attendees:
  • Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.
  • If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home or call a cab, friend or family member to pick you up.
  • Always buckle up – it is your best defense against a drunk driver.
The Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket crackdowns are made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE OSWEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

 

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