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.