DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Information, Contact:
Sheriff Jeffrey Lower
[Tazewell, IL] – The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation and law enforcement across the state for the holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. From Dec. 16 through Jan. 2, the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office showed zero tolerance for impaired driving, and increased enforcement efforts for seatbelt and distracted driving violations. Resulting in 38 vehicle stops with a total of 26 citations issued for seatbelt, speeding, distracted driving, and other moving violations.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, in 2020, a total of 11,654 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2016 to 2020, with one person killed in an alcohol-related crash every 45 minutes in 2020.
The holiday enforcement campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds managed by NHTSA.