Chicago Police Ramping Up DUI Patrols For St. Patrick’s Weekend

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is one of the most congested weekends
of the year for both automobile and foot traffic . This year includes the downtown parade and dying of the Chicago River on Saturday, along with the south side parade on Sunday. On top of all this the Big 10 basketball tournament is taking place all weekend at the United Center. Based on all the extra traffic, and most likely copious alcohol consumption, Chicago Police are taking extra precautions.

Patch.com reported this week that the Chicago Police Department’s 6th District (Gresham) will be adding DUI saturation patrols. Police officers will monitoring traffic for signs of impaired driving, speeding and safety-belt violations.

The Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit is also expected to be to deployed. BAT allows officers to expedite the process of charging a person with driving under the influence before driving them to the nearest lockup. The BAT mobile also allows for I-bonds to be issued at the site of the DUI saturation patrol.

If you are heading downtown or to the south side, remember that there are multiple options for public transportation, along with cabs and ride shares. There is no reason to get behind the wheel if you are drinking. Even if you don’t plan on drinking, there is no reason to drive through the middle of all the expected congestion.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a Chicago car crash or Chicago truck accident, then call Chicago personal injury lawyer, Aaron J. Bryant, for a free legal consultation at 312-614-1076.

Chicago Area Police Stepping Up DUI Prevention Over St. Pat’s Weekend

It’s no secret that Chicagoans have
strong affinity for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and enjoy the parade and
celebration throughout the weekend. This is a concern for area police
departments as there tend to be a larger amount of impaired drivers on the
road. The Chicago Tribune reported this week that the
Naperville, IL police are partaking in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled
Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns over St. Patrick’s Day
weekend. These two campaigns are used by police departments all over Illinois
during most major holidays when alcohol consumption increases. 

The
goal of the campaign is to enhance traffic safety in our community and to
increase public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and not wearing
seatbelts. This campaign will be directed at motorists who operate vehicles
while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and motorist observed with
seatbelt violations. 
Officers
will be deployed throughout the city in an effort to identify and apprehend
offenders. This campaign will commence during the evening of March 14, 2013 and
continue through March 23, 2013.

It
is very simple folks. If you are going to be out drinking this weekend, do not
get behind the wheel. You will protect yourself and others.

If
you or someone you love has been injured in a Chicago car crash or Chicagotruck accident, then call Chicago injury attorney Aaron Bryant for a free legalconsultation at 312-588-3384.