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.