Effingham, IL-(Effingham Radio)- Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt would like to remind motorists to drive sober or designate a driver while celebrating over the 4th of July weekend. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) remains the number one cause of fatal crashes during Independence Day celebrations. Troopers will be doing their part to keep the roadways safe by watching for and arresting intoxicated drivers.
The ISP encourages those attending celebrations where alcohol is being served, to avoid drunk driving altogether. The following tips will help you avoid a tragedy:
- Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
- Designate a sober driver before the first drink.
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to ensure you get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 911.
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to safely get to where they are going.
While you enjoy the freedom to celebrate independence, we ask that you do so responsibly so you and everyone else can enjoy the day after July 4th, said Captain Ristvedt.
During this holiday weekend, Troopers will focus on identifying “Fatal-4” traffic violations: DUI, Speeding, Failure to Wear Seat belt and Distracted Driving, are all top contributing factors to traffic crash related fatalities.
Speeding increases your chances of losing control of a vehicle and reduces the reaction time to respond to potential hazards. Drive the speed limit and pass only when it?s safe to do so.
Distracted Driving is a nationwide epidemic. Illinois law prohibits the use of hand held electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. Hands-free use is allowed at age 19. Please operate alert and reduce distraction while driving.
Wearing a seatbelt is the law; buckle-up every trip, every time, day or night. Statistics show that 43 percent of crash victims found not wearing their seat belt suffered serious injury or death. Wearing a seat belt may save your life.
Remember to drive responsibly and safely share the road, waterways and trails safely with others during this celebratory holiday.