ELMHURST – On Oct. 31, the Elmhurst Police Department urges people to drive safe and sober in an effort to save lives through the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, according to a city of Elmhurst news release.
The campaign recommends that people plan a safe way to return home before attending a party, designate or arrange for a sober driver before going out drinking, or use public transportation, a cab service or a ride-sharing service. The police ask people to report drunk drivers on the road and if they see an impaired person about to drive, to take the person's keys and help him or her get home safely, the release stated.
A driving under the influence arrest could cost an estimated $18,000 and result in revoked driving privileges for up to a year, according to the release.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates more than 300 people were killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes in each of the last three years in Illinois, the release stated. In 2014, 302 people lost their lives in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or more, according to the release. That number rose slightly to 315 alcohol-related deaths in 2015 and held steady in 2016.
This Halloween enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the release stated.