Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Holiday Campaign

December 15, 2023
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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Holiday Results 

Arlington Heights Police conducted saturation patrols and initiated the following enforcement actions:

  • 1- Driving on Suspended License
  • 2 - Speeding Citations
  • 2 - Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle  
  • 8 - Distracted Driving Citation
  • 6 - Registration Citations
  • 19 - Improper Lighting Citations

Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this effort to save lives by getting impaired drivers off the roads and more people buckled up. The enforcement campaign took place from December 15, 2023 through January 2, 2024. During the mobilization, extra emphasis was placed on enforcement during late-night hours, when statistics show the most unbuckled and impaired driving fatalities occur.

The holiday enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. For further details please contact Sergeant Russ Mandel 847-368-5300.  

Drive merry, bright and sober this holiday season:
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, Drive High Get a DUI
The holidays are a time for caring and sharing, which is why the Arlington Heights Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving with a “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Drive High. Get a DUI.” enforcement campaign. From Dec. 15 through Jan. 2, law enforcement across Illinois will show zero tolerance for alcohol- and drug-impaired driving to keep our roads safe and help ensure a happy holiday season.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, in the United States in 2021, a total of 13,384 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes each year from 2017 to 2021, with one person killed in a drunk-driving crash approximately every 45 minutes. These fatalities are preventable, and drivers must remember that driving impaired — by alcohol, cannabis or any other substance, whether legal or not — is potentially deadly and illegal behavior.

The Arlington Heights Police recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride-sharing service.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and call 911
  • Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take their keys and make arrangements to get them home safely. They’ll thank you later.
  • Remember to buckle up!

The holiday enforcement campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For further details please contact Sergeant Russ Mandel 847-368-5300