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This St. Patrick’s Day, a designated driver is your lucky charm

March 11, 2022 – With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, the Oak Park Police Department is reminding motorists that officers will be out in full force to keep roads safe while the festivities commence.

“This St. Patrick’s Day, make your own luck by designating a sober driver,” said Police Chief LaDon Reynolds. “If you’ll be drinking, using cannabis or partaking of any other impairing substance, planning ahead is the best way to ensure you and your friends make it home safely.”

Celebrated throughout the country, St. Patrick’s Day is typically one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to the number of drunk drivers on the road.

If you’ll be drinking or using another impairing substance, plan ahead for a sober ride home.

In addition to looking for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers, the Oak Park Police Department will be stepping up seat-belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat-belt usage rates are lowest.

Speeding, distracted driving and other traffic laws will also be strictly enforced.

The campaign runs through March 18.

While designating a sober driver is the simplest way to avoid a tragic crash or DUI arrest, here are some additional tips to help you keep yourself and others safe:

  • If a friend is about to drive impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.
  • Buckle up. It’s your best defense in the event of a crash.
  • Remember, pedestrians are at risk, too. If you’re walking, keep an eye out for cars. If you’re driving, remain alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street signs.

The Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns are administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For more information about the Oak Park Police Department, visit, email or call 708.386.3800.