“Our office has a responsibility to prosecute DUI offenders and
to educate the public not to drive after drinking. The goal with a
“No-Refusal” operation is to make Logan County’s roads safer”, Logan
County State’s Attorney Jonathan Wright said.
“New Year’s Eve night is traditionally an occasion for friends to
get together and celebrate. We do expect, however, that people will
choose to celebrate responsibly. ” he said.
The “No Refusal” initiative is designed to respond to suspected
drunken drivers who refuse to submit to a lawfully requested breath
test after a DUI arrest. Prosecutors and police officers work
together to quickly obtain a search warrant to compel a DUI suspect
to submit to a lawful blood or breath test as required by Illinois’s
Implied Consent statute.
The Logan County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Lincoln Police
Department want to remind the citizens of Lincoln that Healthy
Communities Partnership will be offering Safe Rides in Lincoln on
December 31, New Year’s Eve. Safe Ride is a free cab ride home to
those who have consumed alcoholic beverages and should not drive.
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“We recognize that the holidays are a time to celebrate. Healthy Communities
Partnership offers Safe Rides to help keep the streets safer for everyone. Our
hope is that the community will remember the service is available and that
bartenders will suggest it when necessary,” said Angela Stoltzenburg, Healthy
Community Partnerships Manager. To receive a free ride home within the city
limits on any of these nights, individuals can ask their bartender for a Safe
Ride ticket and they will receive a free cab ride.
“Law Enforcement does not want a family’s holiday season to be ruined by a poor
decision. Please designate a driver or take advantage of the Safe Ride program”,
Lincoln Police Chief Paul Adams said.
[Jonathan C. Wright
Logan County State’s Attorney
Paul Adams, Chief
Lincoln Police Department
Steve Nichols, Sheriff
Logan County Sheriff’s Department]