This St. Patrick’s Day, Celebrate Responsibly
The Vernon Hills Police Department announces it will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick’s Day to crack down on impaired drivers and encourage people to wear their seat belts. Celebrated throughout the country, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. If you will be drinking or using another impairing substance, please plan ahead for a sober ride home.
“We urge our community residents and visitors to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day responsibly,” said Police Chief Patrick Kreis. “From March 12 through March 18 we’ll be out in force to keep impaired drivers off the roads and help ensure that everyone makes it home safely.”
Before the green beer starts flowing, remember to designate a sober driver. If you do not have a designated driver, call a cab, use a ride-sharing service, have a sober friend or family member pick you up, or stay where you are and sleep it off. Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive impaired and always buckle up – it is your best defense in a crash.
Pedestrians are at risk, too. If you are walking, keep an eye out for cars. If you are a designated driver, be alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street signs and pedestrian signals.
The Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns are administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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