Special Enforcement Period - St. Patrick's Day

For Release: 
Mar 4, 2009

Administration - Press Releases - 2009

Special Enforcement Period - St. Patrick's Day

GURNEE, IL - February 17, 2009 - Beginning March 6th and running through March 22nd, the Gurnee Police Department will be conducting special enforcement throughout the village, with an emphasis on impaired driving. The effort is focused around the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, a time period where impaired driving incidents increase.

Funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these enforcement actions are being conducted in order to remove drunk and drugged drivers from the roadways.

The Gurnee Police Department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive impaired as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving. Other important tips include:

  • Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
  • If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement;
  • Wear your safety belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

“Impaired driving is simply not worth risking your life or your freedom. It is a serious crime. Violators will be spending their money on bail, court, lawyers, a $500.00 administrative penalty, and associated towing fees. That is not a great way to celebrate holiday,” said Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones.

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Revised 03/04/09