St. Paddy’s DUI crackdown starts today

EWC News Staff report
March 12, 2012
The Will County Sheriff’s Office is marking the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with special patrols targeting drunk drivers and unbuckled motorists.

“If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver before the party begins. Be responsible or risk a DUI,” Sgt. Steve Byland said of the special effort that begins today and runs through Monday.

The increased patrols, funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety, respond to the potential “deadly and dangerous” threat posed by impaired drivers, Byland said

“Driving drunk is a deadly decision and against the law,” he said. “We will show zero tolerance.”

In 2013, arrests by Sheriff’s Police and other law enforcement agencies during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration period resulted in the prosecution of approximately 45 persons for DUI — many of whom had a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit, according to Will County Circuit court records.

Will County Sheriff’s Police offer this reminder to anyone hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:

  • You can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunk driving crash, All of your guests should have a designated sober driver in advance,
  • Serve plenty of food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party and
  • Keep phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.

If you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day party keep this in mind:

  • Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys,
  • If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab, or sober friend/family member to pick you up or stay where you are until you are sober and
  • Always buckle up; it is still your best defense against a drunk driver.

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