Police set to kick off special Thanksgiving enforcement initiative

The Hinsdale Police Department today announced it is joining with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and nearly 200 local police and sheriff’s departments to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We want our community to understand that it’s up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober Thanksgiving weekend and every day,” Deputy Chief Thomas Lillie said. “Remember – if you’re going to drink or use other impairing substances, don’t drive. We will be stepping up patrols to keep impaired drivers off the roads and ensure everyone makes it home from their celebrations.”

The safety campaign will run from Friday, Nov. 19, to Monday, Nov. 29, leading up to and following the Thanksgiving Day holiday, one of the busiest times on Illinois roads.

People who plan to celebrate with alcohol or other impairing substances should remember to do the following.

• Make a plan for a sober ride home before they go out.

• Call a taxi, take mass transit or call a family member to get home safely.

• Use a favorite ride-share service, such as Uber or Lyft, or use public transportation.

• If a drunk driver is spotted on the road, pull over safely and call 911.

• Make sure everyone in the vehicle wears their seat belt. It is the best defense against an impaired driver.

The Thanksgiving enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.