Nov. 19, 2021 – The Oak Park Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the state by participating in a safety campaign reminding drivers to Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, during what is expected to be one of the busiest travel times of the year.
“We want our community to understand that it’s up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober Thanksgiving weekend and every day,” said Police Chief LaDon Reynolds. “Remember, if you’re going to drink or use other impairing substances, don’t drive. We will be stepping up patrols to keep impaired drivers off the roads and ensure everyone makes it home from their celebrations.”
The safety campaign will run until Nov. 29 leading up to and following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, one of the busiest times on Illinois roads.
If you’ll be celebrating with alcohol or other impairing substances, please remember:
- Make a plan for a sober ride home before you go out.
- If you’ve been drinking or using marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, or call a family member to get you home safely.
- Use your favorite ride-share service, such as Uber or Lyft, or use public transportation.
- If you see a drunk driver, pull over safely and call 911.
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is the best defense against an impaired driver.
The Thanksgiving enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns are funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by IDOT. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences.
For more information about traffic safety in Oak Park, email email@example.com. Additional information about the Oak Park Police Department is available at www.oak-park.us/police.