Buckle Up and Drive Sober this Thanksgiving Holiday

Calumet City – This Thanksgiving, the Calumet City Police Department is joining the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement to ensure holiday travelers are buckled up and driving sober with a “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign that runs November 17th thru November 27th.

“Thanksgiving means more vehicles on the road – and an increased risk of crashes,” said Chief Kolosh. “No matter how long or short your drive, remember to buckle up and make sure children are properly secured. “ By buckling up and making a plan for a sober ride home, you help everyone have a safe and happy holiday.

The goal of this high-visibility effort is to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities. Proper seat-belt use is the most effective way to protect vehicle occupants. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the statewide seat-belt usage rate has room for improvement at 92.9%.

If you will be celebrating with alcohol or other impairing substances, please remember:

  • Plan for a sober ride home before you go out.
  • Call a taxi, take mass transit or ask a family member to get you home safely.
  • Use your favorite ride-share service, or take public transportation.
  • If you see a drunk driver, pull over safely and call 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is the best defense against an impaired driver.

The Thanksgiving enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.