The Mascoutah Police Department announced its plans for a traffic safety campaign focusing on impaired driving and other dangerous behaviors such as distracted driving and failure to buckle up. 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 will run from August 20 through the early morning hours of September 7 to include the Labor Day Holiday, an often deadly time on Illinois roads.
"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", said Lt. Matt Steinkamp. "Motorists in Mascoutah should expect stepped-up impaired driving patrols, seatbelt enforcement and speed enforcement, particularly at night when seatbelt usage rates are at their lowest".
The Mascoutah Police Department is partnering with the 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 drugs can impair judgement and reaction times, making driving unsafe.
The Labor Day "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.