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Posted on: October 11, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Halloween Impaired Driving Prevention

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Halloween Impaired Driving Prevention – October 19th through November 3rd.

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving ... yet, when it comes to impaired driving, Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest.

  • 11 vehicle occupants and 3 pedestrians were killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night 2017.
  • Those under the age of 21 had the highest percentage of fatalities (45%) in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2017.
  • For these reasons the Summit Police Department has teamed up with IDOT and will be adding extra patrols during the Halloween season beginning October 19th through November 3rd.  The extra patrols with be targeting drunk drivers and vehicle occupants not wearing seatbelts.  The extra patrols are completely funded with federal highway safety dollars and administered by IDOT in partnership with the Summit Police Department and law enforcement throughout Illinois and the nation.

If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends are relying on you.

  • Remember, it’s never OK to drive impaired by drugs or alcohol. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage.
  • Designate a sober driver, use public transportation, use a ride service, or opt to spend the night.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact the Summit Police Department.
  • Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take the keys away and help them get home safely. They’ll thank you later.

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