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
- 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
“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.