Plainfield Police Plan Holiday Crackdown

Tips for staying safe during celebrations this Christmas and New Year's.

Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by the Plainfield Police Department:

The Plainfield Police Department will participate in the 2012 Holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket” crackdown. This intensified enforcement effort against drunk drivers and seat belt law violators underscores the disproportionate number of traffic deaths caused by alcohol and failure to buckle up.

The stepped-up enforcement began Dec. 17 and will run through New Year’s Eve. Enforcement efforts will concentrate on the deadly nighttime hours between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Please designate a sober driver and DO NOT let friends and family drive drunk as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving. Other important tips include: 

  • Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
  • If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.
  • Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers are buckled up. It is your best defense against a drunk driver.

This law enforcement crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign that reminds motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket,” and is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with funds made available via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Gwen December 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Can't find any news about New Years Eve festivities in Plainfield. Is this why?
Shannon Antinori (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I'll be posting a roundup of Plainfield New Year's Eve events later this week.
Kate Braden December 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Do you know of any companies that will be offering driving services for downtown Plainfield on New Years?
Shannon Antinori (Editor) December 28, 2012 at 01:09 AM
The only business I'm aware of that's offering rides home is Katie O'Connor's -- if you live within 10 miles of the restaurant. If anyone knows of any others, please post!
Gwen December 29, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Shannon, since your a reporter..... Can you do anything about the fact that Plainfield spends all its resources on Holiday Crackdown's just like they did on July 4th? Are they trying to create a police state with their aggressive law enforcement? Does anyone care what our tax dollars go for? Maybe the Village of Plainfield should help people like other villages do and offer rides for people instead of trying to bust them so they can support the big fancy law enforcement building we have and ruin peoples lives.
jono100 December 30, 2012 at 06:01 PM
They just want your money they can care less about public safety.
Denise Williams December 30, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Seriously? The police ruin someone's life by arresting them for DUI? It is not that persons fault for ruining their own life, for risking other people's lives by deciding to get behind the wheel drunk? Wow. Just wow. Here I was thinking that in this day and age it just might begin to be somewhat safe to go out on New Years Eve because surely by now people have gotten the hint that drinking and driving is not just stupid and dangerous, but a crime taken seriously by law enforcement. I guess I forgot to figure in the selfish factor, the part of the equation that some think they can do what they want and when they are caught, it is the fault of those who caught them, not their own for doing what they know is wrong, illegal and just plain stupid.
Tim December 30, 2012 at 07:01 PM
There was an article published on Patch just the other day along the lines of 'how much can you drink before getting a DUI'. Offering a handy chart where you can check how many drinks you can have per hour based on your weight, and stay under the 0.08 limit. The problem, is that you can get a DUI and still be BELOW 0.08. Why is that never mentioned in the articles or police press releases at the same time? So when people are arrested, and are actually below the .08 limit, yes it is ruining peoples lives. Do the police widely publicize this as much as they publicize the .08 limit? No, they don't. In fact they try to keep this as hidden as possible so as to not give away their tactics. While DUI enforcement is necessary, the swing to extreme and deceptive enforcement is not. I would much rather live in a community that helps its citizens, than sees them as its adversaries. "Orland Park, Tinley Park, Mokena, New Lenox and Palos Heights are providing chauffeured rides from 11 p.m. New Year's Eve until 4 a.m. New Year's Day. Stretch limousines will drive residents who call 1-855-230-1637 as long as pickup and drop-off locations are in participating towns."
Gwen December 30, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I agree Tim. A friend of mine got arrested and had a .04 BAL. She was pulled over her in front of her home where her husband, children and neighbors watched for failing to signal. She may not have been arrested but made the mistake of asking to speak to an attorney before submitting to a field sobriety test. She was then arrested and her car was towed. Fortunately, she was found not guilty but almost lost her job, had to pay several thousands of dollars to get an attorney, amongst other expenses. I am against drunk driving but driving after having a couple of drinks is not illegal. However, if you get pulled over and the police smell any kind of alcohol, they can use this to proceed. Also, I know of several young males that have been searched and arrested illegally. The police can "make up" probable cause just to see if they can find more evidence against someone and then use this to search for things. In one case, the youth was transporting their parents alcohol in the trunk and was charged with underage possession and now has to get an attorney. This issue cannot be viewed in black and white terms. I personally volunteered time working with families who lost children due to drunk drivers and strongly believe that driving drunk is terrible. However, my experience in Plainfield has been that its not about being drunk, its about getting revenue for the town.
Shannon Antinori (Editor) December 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Many times, special enforcements are funded by state grants. Which, technically, are funded by taxpayers, but are often not coming out of Plainfield's coffers.
jono100 December 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Hello people its all about $$$$$$$$$
jono100 December 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Plainfield police will give rides home.....after they collect their tow fee impound fee and bond after your dui arrest


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