from the Lisle Police Department
With the approach of the Labor Day weekend, the Lisle Police Department will conduct a Roadside Safety Checkpoint along Ogden Avenue on the evening of Aug. 26. Lisle Police officers will focus their efforts on DUI (driving under the influence) and other traffic safety concerns such as proper occupant restraint usage.
According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the late night hours during the summer months in Illinois is the deadliest time for alcohol-involved motor vehicle crashes. In the last five years, during the summer months of June through August in Illinois, 149 of the 253 fatalities occurring between midnight and 3 a.m. involved a drinking driver.
The Lisle Police Department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive impaired as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving. 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 by pulling over and dialing 911.
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their safety belt. It is
- your best defense against an impaired driver.
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety and it runs concurrently with a media campaign that will remind motorists, “You Drink & Drive. You Lose.” For more information, visit www.drivesoberillinois.org.