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Posted on: June 22, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Don't Drink and Drive This Independence Day

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Each year Americans head out on our roads to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades and more. For many, the celebrating includes drinking alcohol, which too often leads to drunk driving on one of the most traveled holidays of the year.

For this reason, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be running DUI patrols beginning June 23 and ending July 5, making sure motorists are driving sober.

“I can’t emphasize this enough, don’t drink alcohol and drive,” said Sheriff Mark C Curran Jr. “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving – no excuses.”

In addition to looking for drunk drivers, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are at their lowest.

If you’re caught driving drunk this Independence Day, you will be arrested. The consequences of drunk driving are very serious. Not only could you put your life, and the lives of others at risk, but a DUI arrest means a loss of freedom and money, including going to jail, losing your license, and paying steep financial expenses.

Undersheriff Ray Rose wants you 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:

If you are hosting an Independence 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 plenty 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 an Independence 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 friends leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while drunk.
• Always buckle up – it is 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 Independence Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown begins June 23 and runs through July 5, 2016. The traffic safety campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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