IDOT asks drivers to avoid becoming an impaired driving monster | Crime
(KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that one of the most frightening things about Halloween is encountering an impaired driver.
IDOT says if your Halloween celebration includes alcohol, designate a sober driver to get you home safely. They issued the reminder because they say it included data showing the role alcohol has played in traffic deaths during the last seven years in Illinois.
“There isn’t a Halloween costume clever enough to hide a drunk driver who has made the dangerous decision to get behind the wheel,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider. “Law enforcement will be vigilant this Halloween keeping Illinois roadways safe for everyone.”
According to IDOT, during the last seven years in Illinois, 25 people lost their lives and 2,018 were injured in 7,723 vehicle crashes during Halloween. They say of the 25 deaths, 11 happened in crashes that involved an impaired driver. IDOT says in the last three years, 12 people were killed in crashes on Halloween day with six of those deaths involving alcohol.
“The scariest parts of Halloween aren’t the spooky costumes and scary pranks," said Schneider. "It is a fact that too often impaired drivers do not plan ahead and end up making the roads scarier than a horror show. This Halloween, designate a sober driver before you go out because if you do not, law enforcement will find you. In Illinois, you must Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
IDOT offers these tips to avoid an impaired driving nightmare:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver
- If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a friend or family member or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely
- Use your community's Sober Rides program if available
- If you happen to see an impaired driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact local law enforcement
For more information about the Division of Traffic Safety's impaired driving and safety campaigns, you can visit them online.
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