Peoria Public Radio News
6:45 am
Wed December 18, 2013

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign begins this week

State, county, and local police will begin stepped up enforcement on Illinois roads this week. The annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown begins Friday. Law enforcement will be looking out for those who are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, drinking and driving, or being distracted while operating a vehicle. The effort is aimed at reducing traffic accidents and fatalities on Illinois roads.

Illinois State Police Trooper Dustin Pierce says police tend to see an uptick in the number of drunk drivers during the holidays. He says it’s not worth the risk

“We don’t want to see tragedies where a crash occurs and that person gets killed or they kill somebody else, even worse. There’s stories in the media all the time where somebody was driving impaired and caused a crash. The other person died and that person (the driver) survived. You know, not only do they have all their legal problems, jail time, and everything like that, but they’ve got to live with that the rest of their life too.”

Pierce says about 550 people have been arrested for driving under the influence in the Peoria area this year. More than 30 people have been killed in vehicle crashes for various causes. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will go through January 5th.