Drive Merry, Bright and Sober this Holiday Season

Calumet City, Illinois – The holidays are a time for caring and sharing, which is why the Calumet City Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving with a “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Drive High, Get a DUI” enforcement campaign. From December 15, 2023 through January 2, 2024, law enforcement across Illinois will show zero tolerance for alcohol and drug impaired driving to keep our roads safe and help ensure a happy holiday season.

If you will be celebrating with festive drinks or other impairing substances, make a plan for a safe ride home before you leave for the party. “Driving impaired is simply unacceptable. There are no excuses and the Calumet City Police Department will make no exceptions for those driving impaired,” said Chief Kolosh.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, in the United States in 2021, a total of 13,384 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol impaired driver. These fatalities are preventable. Drivers must remember that driving impaired by alcohol, cannabis, or any other substance, whether legal or not is potentially deadly and illegal behavior.

The Calumet City Police Department recommends these safe alternatives to impaired driving:

  • Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride share service
  • If you see an impaired driver, pull over and contact the Calumet City Police Department.
  • Don’t let friends drive impaired. Take their keys and make arrangements for them to get them home safely.
  • Always remember to buckle up.

The holiday enforcement campaign is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.