QPD to address dangers of impaired driving during holiday enforcement campaign through Jan. 2

Quincy Police Department

QUINCY — The Quincy 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 Dec. 15 through Jan. 2, law enforcement across Illinois will show zero tolerance for alcohol and drug-impaired driving to keep roads safe.

In a press release, Sgt. Ryan Witt said, “If you’ll 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. That’s why we make zero exceptions and arrest all impaired drivers. There are no excuses.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 13,384 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver in the United States in 2021. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes each year from 2017 to 2021, with one person killed in a drunk-driving crash approximately every 45 minutes.

Quincy Police Department recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

  • Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride-sharing service.
  • If available, use your community’s sober ride program Lyft.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and contact the Quincy Police Department.
  • Have a friend about to drive impaired? Take their keys and make arrangements to get them home safely. They’ll thank you later.
  • Remember to buckle up.

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

Miss Clipping Out Stories to Save for Later?

Click the Purchase Story button below to order a print of this story. We will print it for you on matte photo paper to keep forever.

Current Weather

SUN
88°
71°
MON
84°
69°
TUE
89°
59°
WED
76°
55°
THU
82°
61°

Trending Stories