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Labor Day Weekend road trips and local celebrations are fun and festive, but the Lombard Police Department is reminding residents that due to alcohol and drug impaired drivers, it is also dangerous.
This Labor Day, Lombard Officers are partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to stop drunk drivers and help save lives.
The high-visibility “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown runs from Aug. 20 -Sept. 3, 2018. During this period, extra officers will be on the road, looking for impaired driving or seat belt law violators. The Lombard Police Department will be out in full force to discourage drunk and drugged driving and a roadside safety checkpoint is scheduled for the overnight hours of August 24.
“Residents need to understand that driving impaired does not have an upside,” said Lombard Traffic Unit Officer Paula Rojas. “More than 10,000 people die every year from impaired driving because some people like to pretend that certain laws don’t apply to them, but to be clear: In every state, for every person, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made it even easier to get home safely when you’ve been drinking, with the free SaferRide mobile app, available through iTunes and Google Play. The app allows you to call pre-selected contacts or a taxi, and also identifies your location so you can be picked up.
Officer Rojas and the Lombard Police Department want you to know that two easy steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving are to always designate a sober driver and to never let friends drive drunk. Other important tips include:
The Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown is made possible by federal highway safety funds, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. For more information, visit www.villageoflombard.org/drivingsafety.