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Posted on: October 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Halloween

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The Lombard Police Department is reminding drivers of the dangers of impaired driving, particularly on Halloween when little ghouls and goblins are out in neighborhoods and on busy streets after dark. If you plan to be out celebrating, keep these fearsome warnings in mind: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Drive High Get a DUI. 

Beginning October 16 to November 1, 2021, Lombard Police will have increased enforcement on the road to crackdown on drunk and impaired drivers.

"Halloween is scary enough without adding impaired driving to the mix," said Lombard Traffic Safety Unit Officer Dan Herrera. "If you know you'll be partying this Halloween, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely. Don't put yourself, or others, at risk by driving impaired by alcohol, marijuana or any other impairing substance."  

Each year throughout Illinois, hundreds die in impaired-driving crashes, while others face the ramifications of a DUI, including jail time, loss of license, and thousands of dollars spent on attorney's fees, fines, and lost wages.

Lombard Police urge everyone to follow these simple tips to help keep our roads safe this Halloween: 

  • Plan for a safe and sober way home before you go out: designate a sober driver, take public transportation, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member.
  • Remember, walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as you can safely do so.
  • If you see an impaired person about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.
  • Always buckle up - it's your best defense against an impaired driver.

While Lombard Police arrest impaired drivers year-round, increased Halloween enforcement is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation and is part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns.

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