IDOT, local law enforcement release tips to stay safe St. Patty's Day weekend | Crime
PERRY COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are joining forces to remind everyone to act responsibly, buckle up and designate a sober driver on St. Patrick's Day weekend.
On March 11-17 there will be roadside safety checks, DUI checks and nightly safety belt patrols.
IDOT and ISP offers these tips if you are hosting a party:
- You can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is in an impaired driving crash
- Make sure your guests have a designated driver in advance and arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers
- Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic drinks at the party
- Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy and take keys away from anyone thinking of drinking and driving
They offer these tips if you go to a party:
- Designate a sober driver before you drink and give your keys to them
- If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up. You can also take public transportation if available or stay where you are and sleep it off
- Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are going to drink and drive
- Always buckle up
Last year in Illinois there was one fatal crash on St. Patrick's Day, 734 total crashes, 176 injury crashes and 243 injuries. There were no alcohol-involved fatalities since 2008.
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