ORLAND PARK POLICE: Buckle Up & Drive Sober This Holiday Season

ORLAND PARK POLICE: Buckle Up & Drive Sober This Holiday Season
Posted on 12/15/2016

The Orland Park Police Department is joining its counterparts across the country reminding motorists to travel safely this holiday season.

“We are issuing a holiday reminder to everyone --- drive sober and buckle up,” said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. “During the holidays, we will have increased patrols looking for drunk drivers as part of the nationwide ‘drive sober or get pulled over’ mobilization. We want to keep our roads safe for holiday travelers.” 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nationally in 2015, 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes with 29 percent (10,265) dying in crashes where the driver had a blood alcohol concentration over the limit of .08.

“The holidays are a great time for getting together with family and friends; however, we strongly caution drivers of all ages to not get behind the wheel of a vehicle if they’ve been drinking,” McCarthy said. “Choosing to drink and drive risks your own safety and others and also brings on legal consequences --- it’s a very costly mistake.”

Drunk driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s licenses, are charged higher insurance rates and pay countless unanticipated expenses from attorney’s fees, court costs, car towing and repairs and lost wages with the ultimate cost of drunk driving being a crash that injures or kills.

“If you know you’ll be drinking, plan a safe ride home before the party starts,” McCarthy said. “Designate a sober driver ahead of time.” 

Drivers who become intoxicated should not drive for any reason. Call for a taxi, Uber or Lyft or phone a sober family member of friend. 

“If you’re celebrating the holidays and someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person drive,” McCarthy said. “Take their keys and drive them home. What you choose to do can save someone’s life.” 

Motorists who see impaired drivers on the road should immediately dial 9-1-1 to notify the police, sharing the model and make of the vehicle, the license plate number and direction of travel, if possible.