The Joliet Police Department plans to vigilantly pursue revelers who decide to take the party on the road and drive impaired over the Halloween weekend. Those who will be attending parties and events should be aware of the Department’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which will be in force from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. During this period, partiers who decide to drive impaired will face a higher risk of going to jail, according to a news release from the police chief.
The police chief noted that driving impaired is illegal and can prove fatal when he announced his Department’s stepped-up efforts to crack down on impaired driving. This assertion is supported by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, which reveal that 10,625 people in the United States died in 2015 car crashes in which at least one of the drivers was legally drunk. In Illinois, as in all other states, legal intoxication occurs when a person has a blood alcohol content level of .08 or more.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over effort proposes that people can enjoy Halloween and stay safe by following a few easy tips. These include pre-planning how to get home after a party, designating a sober driver, walking home with a sober friend, and preventing a drunk friend from driving by taking their keys.
Drivers who chose to drive impaired may be charged with serious criminal offenses and lose their driving privileges. They could also be exposed to severe criminal penalties including jail time and fines. Those facing DUI charges may be wise to retain a lawyer.