Orland Park Police Enforce Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Halloween Weekend

Orland Park Police Enforce Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Halloween Weekend
Posted on 11/01/2017

Orland Park Police Department will increase its patrol presence October 27 - 31 to remind drivers to buckle up and to reiterate the message, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" during Halloween weekend. The department will have a higher volume of officers patrolling throughout the village on DUI and seat belt detail to ensure a safe and quiet holiday weekend.

"Halloween is a fun time for the community, but it's also a time of increased partying and drinking," said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "The Orland Park Police Department wants everyone to enjoy themselves responsively and is stressing that anyone planning on going out designates a sober driver or arrange a ride-share service in advance."

Tragically, Halloween drunk-driving fatalities are on the rise nationally. Across the country, there were a total of 55 deaths on Halloween night in 2015, up from 17 in 2011, and steadily increasing each year in between.

In addition to DUI enforcements, OPPD will conduct several daytime seat belt details at 159th St. and 94th Ave., and seat belt enforcement signs will be posted throughout the area.

The community is also reminded to be extra mindful when walking the streets for trick-or-treating on Halloween.

"We want to remind both motorists and pedestrians to use extra caution on Halloween," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "If you're out driving on Halloween, enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. Trick-or-treaters should decorate their costumes with reflective tape and carry glow sticks or flashlights."

Pedestrians are reminded to be extra cautious and look left, right and left again before crossing the street, and to only cross the street at corners and marked crosswalks ( when present).

"If you're out driving this Halloween, buckle up and never get behind the wheel if you've been drinking," Chief McCarthy said. "For pedestrians, stay alert and make sure you're visible to drivers after dark."

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign urges everyone to follow these simple tips to help keep the roads safe during Halloween:

  • Plan a safe way to get home before you attend a party.
  • Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get home.
  • Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • If you see an impaired person about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.

For more information, contact OPPD's non-emergency line at (708) 349-4111.