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Posted on: May 11, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Additional SPD patrols through Memorial Day weekend

The Summit Police Department is announcing it will conduct special patrols around the Memorial Day holiday from May 10th to May 27th 2019 to arrest impaired drivers and to encourage use of seat belts.

We’re urging you to plan ahead for Memorial Day festivities.  Don’t ever drive under the influence of alcohol or any drug. It’s not just about you. There are other people on the roads who are impacted by your decisions.

If you’re hosting a Memorial Day party:

  • Remember, you can be held liable if someone you serve is involved in an impaired driving crash.
  • Make sure your guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.
  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Download a ride-sharing app on your phone to help partygoers, and keep phone numbers for local cab companies handy.
  • Take keys away from anyone who is trying to drive impaired.

If you’re going out for Memorial Day:

  • Designate a sober driver ahead of time, and give that person your keys.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, call a cab, use ride-sharing, have a sober friend or family member pick you up, or stay where you are and sleep it off.
  • Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they’re about to drive impaired.
  • Buckle Up – It’s your best defense in a crash.

Pedestrians are at risk too. If you are walking, keep an eye out for cars. Designated drivers should remain alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street signs and pedestrian signals.

The Memorial Day enforcement campaign is part of the Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs supported through federal funds administered by IDOT.

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