Don’t Drink and Drive this Independence Day

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Every year, Americans head out on our roads to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades and more. Unfortunately, for many, the celebrating includes drinking alcohol, which too often leads to drunk driving on one of the most traveled holidays of the year. That’s why The Berwyn Police Department will be on patrol this Independence Day, making sure motorists are driving sober. In addition to looking for drunk drivers, the Berwyn Police Department will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are at their lowest. Chief James Ritz wants you to know that always designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk are just two simple steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving. Other important tips include:

If you are hosting an Independence Day party:

  • Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunken driving crash.
  • Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
  • Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
  • Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies handy and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local News

If you are attending an Independence Day party:

  • Designate a sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.
  • If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up, or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.
  • Never let friends leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while drunk.
  • Always buckle up – it is your best defense against a drunk driver.

The Independence Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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