Drive Sober: DUI and Seatbelt Campaigns Get Final Summer Push

drive sober, NHTSA, Illinois DUI defense lawyerAs summer draws to a close in northern Illinois, law enforcement officials in a number of area municipalities are ramping up safe driving enforcement activities. This comes as part of a nationwide effort to crack down on drunk driving, along with a continued focus on ensuring drivers are using seatbelts. The highly-publicized campaign got underway last weekend and will continue through the Labor Day holiday on September 7.

National DUI Awareness

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has invested more than $13 million in advertising and public awareness to spread the word about this focused operation. It comes as part of the NHTSA’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, aimed at reducing accidents and injuries related to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. More than 10,000 local police departments throughout the country are expected to participate in the effort, including many in the Chicagoland region. There is expected to be zero tolerance for driving with blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit of .08 percent. The NHSTA wants you to know that if you drive drunk, you will be arrested.

The Dangers of Drunk Driving

In 2013, more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes, accounting for nearly one third of all traffic fatalities. “Too many drivers continue to risk their lives and the lives of others by getting behind the wheel drunk,” said Mark Rosekind, Administrator of the NHTSA. “Our message is clear: drive sober, or get pulled over.” The NHSTA and law enforcement officials encourage those who have had too much drink to call a taxi or a friend, and to utilize the Administration’s SaferRide app to arrange a pickup location.

Sgt. Derek Zook of the Naperville, Illinois, police department echoed the NHTSA’s admonitions for remaining safe. “All it takes is a little planning ahead,” Zook said. “And remember, a seatbelt is your best defense in a crash, so Click It or Ticket.

DUI Defense in Arlington Heights

If you find yourself caught up in the current crackdown against drunk driving, you will need an attorney who is dedicated to helping you protect your future. Contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer in Rolling Meadows today for a complete evaluation of your case. We will assist you in understanding your options and take the appropriate steps toward a positive resolution. Schedule your free consultation by calling 847-253-3100.

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