With the Labor Day holiday approaching, it’s time for another grant-funded police department seasonal crackdown on impaired driving, especially late at night.

This time there’s a new slogan to go with the campaign — “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Data from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the midnight to 3 a.m. timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roadways — with the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and the lowest safety belt usage rate.

“We will be stepping up our late-night enforcement efforts, making sure impaired drivers are off the road and motorists are buckled up,” said Sgt. Thomas Moore. 

Evanston Police Department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive impaired as steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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