Blagojevich announces Super Bowl blitz on drinking and driving
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funds patrols by ISP and local police on Super Bowl Sunday to crack
down on impaired drivers
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
announced that the Illinois State Police (ISP) and 41 local police
agencies are teaming up this coming weekend to mount an all-out
blitz against drinking and driving. The effort is paid for by
Traffic Safety funding from the Illinois Department of
"We're all excited about the Bears making it to the Super Bowl. And,
hopefully we'll get to celebrate a big victory on Sunday. But if
you're celebrating with alcohol, make sure you don't get behind the
wheel," said Gov. Blagojevich. "To make sure our roadways are safe
this weekend, we'll have extra State Police and local police patrols
on the lookout for impaired drivers."
IDOT is providing $175,000
in Traffic Safety funding to the Illinois State Police and 41 local
law enforcement agencies to pay for police overtime and a media
campaign to keep the roads free of impaired drivers.
"With the big game approaching, we all need to come up with a
game plan to block fans who drink too much from driving and
endangering their own lives and lives of others," said IDOT Division
of Traffic Safety Director Michael Stout.
"The Illinois State Police will have an extra 120 Troopers on
duty Sunday night with the sole responsibility of arresting anyone
who makes the choice to drive while under the influence," said State
Police Director Larry G. Trent. "We want to remind anyone who
decides to include alcohol consumption as part of their Super Bowl
festivities to use a designated driver or call a taxi."
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IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety is asking everyone who is
hosting a party to act like a responsible head coach and prepare a
game plan to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel:
Be sure all of your
guests designate a sober driver before kickoff.
Serve plenty of
food, especially high-protein dishes, and serve non-alcoholic
drinks as well.
alcohol by the third quarter and serve coffee and dessert so
your team gets a boost of energy in the fourth quarter of the
If anyone tries to
drive intoxicated, pull him or her from the game. Take their
keys and call a new play.
Keep the numbers of
local cab companies handy.
In the United States, every 30 minutes someone dies in an
alcohol-related traffic crash. Keep your eye on the ball and
complete the pass by not allowing a friend to drive drunk.
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