This Halloween, The Rock Island Police Department is cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort and is giving a fair warning to holiday revelers: Keep the party off the road.
“OnHalloween, we urge you to beware of impaired driving,” said Chief JeffVenHuizen. “Driving impairedby alcohol or drugs is deadly, it is illegal and it will get you pulled overand arrested this Halloween.
According to National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration estimates, more than 300 people were killed inalcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes in each of the last three years inIllinois. In 2014, 302 people lost theirlives in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol content(BAC) of .08 or above. In 2015, that number rose slightly to 315 and remainedthe same in 2016. Just one DUI arrest could cost an estimated $18,000 or moreand result in revoked driving privileges for up to a year.
TheDrive Sober or Get Pulled Overenforcement campaign urges everyone to follow these simple tips to help keepour roads safe during Halloween:
Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member toget home.
The Halloweenenforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administeredby the Illinois Department of Transportation.