When it comes to drinking and driving, the is warning drivers to "drive sober, or get pulled over."
Beginning Friday, Aug. 17, police will be participating in a crack down through Labor Day in an effort to stop impaired driving as well as seat belt violations.
Police plan to concentrate their enforcement during the nighttime hours. According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the midnight to 3 a.m. timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roadways.
The data also shows this time of day has the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and the lowest seat belt usage rate.
The Naperville Police Department is also recommending residents to designate a sober driver and to not allow friends and family to drive impaired.
Other important tips include:
- Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
- If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
- Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement;
- Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers are buckled up. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.