Naperville Police Encourage Residents to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Responsibly
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~ This St. Patrick's Day weekend, the Naperville Police Department is participating in a statewide enforcement campaign to crack down on impaired drivers and encourage people to wear their seat belts.

Sgt. Derek Zook of the Naperville Police Department said, "This year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday, which means we expect to see more parties throughout the weekend. If you've been drinking, using cannabis or any other impairing drug, make the smart choice and plan for a sober driver to get you and your friends home safely. Remember that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, and we'll be out looking for impaired drivers. We want everyone to enjoy St. Patrick's Day, but safe driving is everyone's responsibility."

In addition to looking for alcohol and cannabis-impaired drivers, Naperville Police will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest. Speeding, distracted driving and all traffic laws will be strictly enforced as well.

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To help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, Sgt. Zook recommends designating a sober driver before the party begins and giving that person your keys; serving lots of food and including lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party; keeping the phone numbers for local cab companies handy; taking the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk; never letting a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive drunk; and always buckling up when in a vehicle or paying attention when walking as pedestrians are also at risk.

The St. Patrick's Day enforcement campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation in order to keep people safe this holiday weekend.

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