The Montgomery Police Department has announced plans for July 4 traffic enforcement, focusing on drunken and unbuckled drivers. The intensified enforcement effort will focus on late night hours as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve a drunken driver and/or unbuckled motorist.
The crackdown is part of the statewide, Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket effort.
Summer is in full force, and so is the summer travel season. All too often, that means more traffic and more traffic crashes and Independence Day can be one of the deadliest summer travel times. Too many people die each year due to those who choose to drive after drinking, so officers will be out in full force this Independence Day showing zero tolerance for drunk drivers and belt law violators.
Montgomery police will join the Illinois State Police and hundreds of police and sheriff’s departments in a statewide enforcement effort that begins June 23rd and runs through July 6th•
To avoid a potential crash or drunk driving arrest, you should designate a sober driver and not let friends or family members drive drunk. Other important tips include:
- Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys;
- If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely;
- Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911;
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against a drunk driver.
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign that reminds motorists, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.”
SOURCE: Montgomery Police Department press release