Sheriff Mark Curran announced the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with State and local law enforcement for the St. Patrick’s Day traffic safety enforcement campaign. The national campaign begins Friday, March 16 and runs through Sunday, March 18, 2018. Funding for this traffic safety campaign is made possible through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Administration and is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Sheriff Mark Curran stated, “Highway patrol units will be in force beginning Friday, as a reminder to motorists to secure a designated driver or alternative means of transportation if you will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day away from home.”
In 2015, 10,265 were killed in alcohol-related driving accidents, representing 29 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States, according to the Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you choose to drive impaired, you not only risk your safety and that of others, but you will also face serious legal consequences. Convicted drunk or drug-impaired driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s license, are charged higher insurance rates, and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, vehicle towing, and lost wages due to time off work.
The ultimate cost of impaired driving is causing a traffic crash that results in injury or death.
Please follow these tips to stay safe on the road: