ISP once again telling drivers to get a DD for holiday parties and celebrations

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The Illinois State Police is once again telling drivers to get a designated driver for the holiday parties and Christmas celebrations.

The Illinois State Police is reminding drivers to “drive sober, or get pulled over.”

Illinois State Police Sgt. Jacquline Cepeda said there’s a reason the agency hammers that message home every year.

“The volume of motorists traveling on the roadway definitely increases,” Cepeda said. “People are celebrating the parties and such, so we are also asking the public to please do their part to make sure travel is safe. Please make sure to designate a driver, or call a taxi or a ride share service if you are going to be attending an event where alcohol is being served.”

Cepeda says troopers are already out in force, and will stay on the roads through at least New Year’s.

“We will be strictly enforcing all laws, with an emphasis on the Fatal Four, which are DUI, speeding, not wearing a seat belt, and distracted driving,” Cepeda said. “So throughout the holidays, our troopers will be conducting extra patrols and roadside safety checks with an emphasis on removing impaired drivers from the roadways with a goal of reducing traffic crashes.”

He said drivers can expect local law enforcement agencies to have their own stepped-up patrols as well.