The Downers Grove Police Department will be joining other Illinois police departments in the Christmas/New Year traffic campaign, December 17, 2012- January 1, 2013. As part of the Drive to Survive campaign, officers will target impaired driving offenses, as well as seat belt violations.
"Driving Under the Influence" (DUI) is defined as operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, drugs, other intoxicating compounds, or methamphetamine. In Illinois, a driver is legally considered to be under the influence if he/she has a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more. In certain situations, a driver may have a BAC of less than .08 and be arrested and convicted of DUI. The following DUI "facts"demonstrate the importance of education coupled with consistent and aggressive enforcement.
- In 2010, there were 436 alcohol-related traffic fatalities on Illinois roadways.
- Police officers in Illinois made more than 41,900 DUI arrests in 2010.
- At .08 BAC, a driver is three times more likely to be involved in a car crash than a sober driver, and 11 times more likely to be killed in a single-vehicle crash.
This holiday season and always, please make good choices that keep you and your family safe on the road. Don't drink and drive; and always buckle-up, every trip, every time.