The Downers Grove Police Department will be working saturation patrols near St. Patrick's Day that target impaired drivers and seat belt violations. The enhanced patrols are part of a year-long traffic initiative, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, which focuses on these two important issues.
St. Patrick's Day is widely observed by Americans of all ethnic backgrounds. It is a holiday that celebrates Irish heritage. Whether you simply enjoy the company of friends, attend a parade or make a trip to a local pub, don't rely on the luck of the Irish to keep you safe. If you notice a friend is showing signs of being impaired - don't let them get behind the wheel.
- Plan a safe way home as part of your party plans.
- Call a taxi; call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to ensure that you get home safely.
- Please remember, if you have had a couple of drinks and are feeling "buzzed", don't drive: Buzzed Driving IS Impaired Driving.
- If you spot an impaired driver on the road, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. Officers will do everything they can to locate the motorist and make a determination if they are impaired or not.
Keep this holiday both fun and safe for everyone. Designate a sober driver while you are making your plans and remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.