Northbrook Police step up enforcement during holiday season
NORTHBROOK — Northbrook Police are preparing for a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket” crackdown during the holidays.
The intensified enforcement effort against drunk drivers and seat belt law violators is underway because of the disproportionate number of traffic deaths caused by alcohol and failure to buckle up, said Northbrook Traffic Officer Christopher Lacina.
The stepped-up enforcement will run through New Year’s Day with a focus on 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. traffic, he added.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, midnight to 3 a.m. is the deadliest time on Illinois roads.
Data also indicates that 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. is when alcohol and low seat belt use plays a much more significant role in motor vehicle fatalities.
“The numbers do not lie. We will be stepping up our late-night enforcement efforts, making sure drunk drivers are off the road and motorists are buckled up,” Lacina said.
Northbrook police recommend designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive drunk.
Other steps to avoid a tragic crash or arrest for drunk driving are:
• Give a designated driver car keys before going out;
• If drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get home safely;
• Promptly report drunk drivers on the roadways to law enforcement;
• Wear a seat belt and make sure all passengers are buckled up.
The law enforcement crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign that reminds motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.”
It is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with funds made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.