IDOT increases law enforcement details over Super Bowl weekend

information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 1, 2019) – This Super Bowl Sunday, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and local law enforcement across the state are increasing details to enforce their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.

“Before the game, designate a driver or make other arrangements for a safe, sober ride home,” said Cynthia Watters, IDOT’s bureau chief of Safety Programs and Engineering. “Sober driving isn’t the only law that should be followed. Make sure everyone in the vehicle wears a seat belt. It’s your best defense in a crash.”

Law enforcement will be working throughout the state on game day to keep impaired drivers off the roads. Motorists can expect to see an increase in safety patrols, seat belt enforcement zones, and roadside safety checks.

IDOT makes these recommendation for those attending a Super Bowl party:

  • Designate a sober driver ahead of time, plan to use your community’s sober ride program, call a cab, or use a rideshare app.
  • Don’t let friends and family members drive impaired. Help them get home safely.
  • Make sure everyone in the vehicle wears a seat belt.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement.
  • Remember, walking impaired can also be dangerous, so designate a sober friend to walk home with you.

IDOT makes these recommendations for Super Bowl party hosts:

  • Make sure all guests have a sober ride home.
  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • As stadiums do, stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter.
  • Take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving impaired.
  • Remember, if an underage person drinks and drives, the parent may be legally liable for any damage, injury, or death caused by the underage driver.
  • Remember, adults who provide alcohol or host a party where alcohol is available to those under age 21 could face jail time.

ISP Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly said, “Please make responsible decisions and help prevent a tragedy from occurring; drive sober and buckle up, it can be the difference between life and death.”

The Super Bowl enforcement campaign is part of the Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs supported through federal funds administered by IDOT.

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