On February 4, The Illinois Department of Transportation announced its new impaired driving campaign with the Illinois State Police. The program is titled Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. The timing of this campaign is an attempt to prevent drunk driving during Super Bowl weekend, which is notorious for football fans being out and about at various parties and watering holes.
“Throughout Super Bowl weekend, the Illinois State Police will remain diligent in enforcing driving under the influence and the other fatal five violations, including speeding, safety belt use, improper lane usage and following too closely,” said Illinois State Police Director Jonathon Monken. “Law enforcement recognizes the big game brings fans together to celebrate, and alcoholic beverages are often part of the celebration. If you choose to drink, don’t drive. Ask someone to be a designated driver prior to starting your celebration or call a taxi service to make sure you arrive home safely.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety suggests the following tips for those planning to consume alcohol while watching the Super Bowl:
Designate a sober driver before the party begins;
Call a taxi, use mass transit, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely;
Use your community’s designated driver program, if established;
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement;
- Spend the night where the activity is being held and sleep it off;
- Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
Remember to be careful on the roads this weekend.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an Chicago car accident or Chicago truck accident or have been charged with a DUIor another traffic violation, then call attorney Aaron Bryant for a free consultation at 312-588-3384.