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Gurnee police remind motorists to safely celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:25 p.m. CST

GURNEE – Gurnee Police Department will take part in the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign by conducting special patrols during this St. Patrick’s Day holiday period to curtail impaired drivers and late-night safety belt law violators, according to a news release.

From March 13-17, officers will work overtime employing increased roving traffic safety patrols to detect and arrest anyone who is driving while impaired, the release said.

Included are some important tips for having a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day holiday:

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 an impaired 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 impaired.

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, 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 impaired;

Always buckle up – it is still your best defense against an impaired driver.

These campaigns are made possible through federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

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