Celebrate Safely This St. Patrick's Day: Plainfield Police

Cops will be on the lookout for drunken drivers, seatbelt violations.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Submitted by the Plainfield Police Department:

Plainfield Police will be conducting special patrols this St. Patrick’s Day holiday to crack down on drunk drivers and on motorists who fail to buckle up.

We are reminding everyone this weekend to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket.  If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver before the party begins. 

Too often, St. Patrick’s Day can be a deadly and dangerous time on roadways because of drunk driving. Now through March 17, Plainfield officers will be working overtime to catch and arrest anyone who is driving drunk, and cite anyone who fails to buckle up. 

Always designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk are just two simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving. Other important tips include:

If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:

  • Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunk driving crash;
  • Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers;
  • Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party;
  • Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.

If you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day party:

  • Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys;
  • If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober;
  • Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while drunk;
  • Always buckle up – it is still your best defense against a drunk driver.

Driving drunk is a deadly decision and it is against the law.  The Plainfield police will show zero tolerance.  So remember, designate a sober driver before the party begins and always buckle up.

The St. Patrick’s Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety.

Ericus Alanas March 12, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Buckle up, the police are bound to have a seat belt party.
John Tips March 12, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Indeed! It is unfortunate that seat belts and DUIs are the only thing our police appear to be interested in anymore! When i was a kid (long ago) I clearly recall my fellow seniors in high school receiving moving violations for: Running stop lights, improper lane usage, license plates, failure to signal, speeding, loud music, mufflers and vehicle safety. These tickets and fines made many of us both courteous and better drivers, unlike many people today! The police back then were both educators and enforcers, many giving us young kids breaks with a stern voice and issuing a warning ticket! The very act of getting pulled over struck terror in our hearts. What went wrong?
Ericus Alanas March 12, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Criminals moved in, states increased funds for specific violation enforcement, and I don't think anyone really enforces the other rules, they just tend to be throw out of court because there are so many bigger issues now and a general waste of court time unless they are severe.
Ericus Alanas March 12, 2014 at 03:23 PM
2012 stats: Traffic Safety/Click It or Ticket/DUI Enforcement - $43,628.00; Impounding 488 vehicles based on Illinois Statute Violations, generating a total of approximately $258,140.00 in revenue; the majority of those impounds related to Driving While License Suspended/Revoked or DUI. Red Light Revenue - $61,787.00


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