The Lisle Police Department will be looking out for anyone driving under the influence Friday night along Ogden Avenue. The officers will focus on possible impaired drivers and other traffic safety concerns including seat belt violations.
Traffic studies show late night hours in summer are the deadliest time for vehicle crashes that are alcohol-related. Studies show in the last five years between June and August in Illinois, 149 of the 253 fatalities between midnight and 3 a.m. involved a drinking driver.
Public Information Officer Ron Wilke said the program is primarily to educate drivers before the holidays come around when there are statistically more accidents.
"The educational part of that is to 'think before you drink,'" he said.
The Lisle Police Department has these suggestions to avoid an accident or arrest for driving drunk:
- Designate a sober driver and give them your car keys
- Don't let impaired friends drive
- If you've been drinking, call a taxi or a sober friend to get you home
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact police with 9-1-1
- Everyone in your auto should be wearing a seat belt
The crackdown is funded with federal traffic safety funds as part of the media campaign, "You Drink & Drive. You Lose."
Illinois drivers who test with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 or higher will automatically lose their drivers license for six-months. And as of January of this year, everyone riding in an automobile in the state must wear a seat belt.
There's more information at drivesoberillinois.org.