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A DUI Caution For The Holidays

With holiday festivities rapidly approaching, the Vernon Hills Police Department is again participating in a national enforcement campaign to crack down on impaired and unbuckled drivers from Dec.16 through Jan. 2.
 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver last December. Throughout the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s holidays alone, there were 285 drunk-driving-related fatalities – more than any other time that year.
 
Keep these tips in mind to help ensure a safe and joyful holiday season:
 
•           Before you head to the party, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.
•           If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and call 911.
•           Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take their keys and help them get home safely.
•           Always buckle up!
 
The Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is administered and funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
The Vernon Hills Police Department reminds everyone that if a person is going to make the decision to drink alcohol, he/she must also be prepared to make the responsible decision either to stop drinking before becoming intoxicated or not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. 
 
While calling or asking someone else for a ride might be inconvenient or embarrassing, it’s better than the alternative.  In addition to being safe choices, ride sharing services and cabs are most certainly cheaper than being arrested.

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