Safe driving focus over Labor Day weekend

The Hinsdale Police Department is in the midst of a traffic safety campaign that began Aug. 20 and runs through the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 7, to include the Labor Day holiday, an often deadly time on Illinois roads.

With messages like “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different” and “Drive High Get a DUI,” the high-visibility mobilization focuses on impaired driving and other dangerous behavior such as distracted driving and failure to buckle up.

“We need our community to understand that it’s up to each of us to make the smart decision to drive sober on Labor Day and every day,” Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie said. “Motorists in Hinsdale should expect stepped-up impaired driving patrols and seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are at their lowest.”

The Hinsdale Police Department is partnering with Illinois State Police and local law enforcement across Illinois for the increased statewide effort.

This Labor Day weekend, remember to designate a sober driver and don’t let friends or family drive drunk or impaired by drugs. Even a small amount of alcohol or other drug can impair judgment and reaction times, making driving unsafe.

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