are stepping up patrols over the St. Patrick's Day weekend in an effort to crack down on drunk drivers as well as those not wearing seatbelts.
The initiative is part of Illinois' "DriveSober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket" campaign, which is paid for with federal traffic safety money.
The department is reminding people of the following:
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.