The Gurnee Police Department Reminds Motorists to Safely Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

For Release: 
Mar 11, 2014

Gurnee, IL – The Gurnee Police Department will take part in the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign by conducting special patrols during this St. Patrick’s Day holiday period to curtail impaired drivers and late-night safety belt law violators.

Starting March 13th and running through March 17th 2014, officers will work overtime employing increased roving traffic safety patrols to detect and arrest anyone who is driving while impaired.

Included are some important tips for having a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day holiday:

If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:

  • Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in an impaired driving crash;
  • Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers;
  • Serve lots of food  and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party;
  • Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving impaired.

If you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day party:

  • Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys;
  • If you do not have a designated driver, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;
  • Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired;
  • Always buckle up – it is still your best defense against an impaired driver.

These campaigns are made possible through federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

Contact: 

Cmdr. Saundra Campbell
Ph:  847.599.7066
Fax: 847.244.8678
Email: saundrac@police.gurnee.il.us