Orland Park Police Dept. Increases Road Patrols During Super Bowl Weekend

Orland Park Police Dept. Increases Road Patrols During Super Bowl Weekend
Posted on 01/30/2018

The Super Bowl is one of America's most highly anticipated sports events when friends and family gather to enjoy the big game.

As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, the Orland Park Police Department reminds motorists that additional patrols will be out to ensure that impaired drivers are kept off the road and all who are traveling are wearing their seat belts.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and local police departments across Illinois will join forces to spread two life-saving messages - Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Police officers will enforce the seat belt initiative, click it or ticket.

"Super Bowl Sunday has become comparable to a holiday in the United States," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "Families gather to watch the big game and this is why it's so important to celebrate wisely."

OPPD's Super Bowl weekend enforcement will run from Friday, Feb. 2 through the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 5.

"During any holiday or big event, we always remind drivers to enjoy themselves responsibly and never get behind the wheel if they've been drinking," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "Plan ahead. Designate a driver if you've been drinking or call for a ride home. Always buckle up."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers the following Super Bowl tips:

  • Before the party begins, designate a sober driver or plan another way to safely get home.
  • Use NHTSA's new SaferRide Mobile App. The app helps people who have been drinking get a safe ride home by allowing users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices in the iTunes store
  • If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home. Call a cab, friend, or family member to pick you up or just stay in for the night
  • Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink
  • Always buckle up - it's still your best defense against drunk drivers.

If you're hosting a Super Bowl party:

  • Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers
  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • If you plan to stay sober, offer to drive guests home
  • Encourage guests to pace themselves