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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. But all-too-often, the celebration can turn deadly because of impaired driving.
This year, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, Lombard Police Department has some advice for you: "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!"
"Our Lombard Officers will be on patrol this St. Patrick’s Day, so make sure you obey the law," said Traffic Unit Officer Lt. Joe Grage. "Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let your friends do it, either. Help us make Zero Fatalities a Reality in Illinois."
In addition to looking for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers, the Lombard Police Department will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest.
"Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive," said Lt. Grage. "If you choose to drink, designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely from the party. If you’re planning on driving, don’t drink. The last thing you want is to ride home with a cop."
Lt. Grage said 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 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of drugs and/or alcohol.
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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. Contact the Lombard Police Department at (630)873-4400 with any questions.