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Help Keep Crystal Lake Streets Safe This St. Patrick’s Day – Drive Sober or get Pulled Over

Post Date:03/16/2017 6:49 AM


 CONTACT: Deputy Chief Derek Hyrkas

                     100 West Woodstock Street

                     Crystal Lake, Illinois, 60014

                     (815) 356-3767

Help Keep Crystal Lake Streets Safe This St. Patrick’s Day – Drive Sober or get Pulled Over

As one of the country’s most popular holidays, St. Patrick’s Day has long celebrated the roots of millions of Americans with Irish ancestry. However, all-too-often, the celebration can turn deadly because of impaired driving. This year, if you will be drinking alcohol, the Crystal Lake Police Department has some advice for you: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!”

In addition to looking for drunk drivers, the Crystal Lake Police Department will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest. 

The Crystal Lake Police Department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive drunk as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving. Other important tips include:

If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:

  • Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunk driving crash;
  • Make sure all of your 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 the party;
  • Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.

If you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day party:

  • 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, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;
  • Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while drunk;
  • Always buckle up – it is still your best defense against a drunk driver.

Pedestrians are at risk, too. If you are walking, keep an eye out for cars. Even a sober driver is a risk if you are drinking and walking. Designated drivers: Be alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street signs.  

The St. Patrick’s Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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