HOFFMAN ESTATES POLICE DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZES
NATIONAL DRUNK AND DRUGGED DRIVING PREVENTION MONTH
The Hoffman Estates Police Department will recognize December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month by paying special attention to drunk and drugged driving and by increasing its presence on the Village’s roadway.
Illinois Department of Transportation - Division of Traffic Safety has provided the Hoffman Estates Police Department with the ability to increase the police presence specifically for drunk or drugged driving detection through additional funds from an ImaGE grant. This increased enforcement effort will continue throughout the month of December to recognize the police department’s commitment to provide a safe passage to residents and guests of Hoffman Estates.
The police department is committed to educating the residents of Hoffman Estates of the dangers of drunk or drugged driving through the use of various Village-wide medium. Village residents have been provided information with their water bill and citizen newsletter, pertaining to the consequences of drunk or drugged driving and the police department’s goal of identifying and apprehending those offenders.
In 2007, 12,998 people died in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. Every year, 4,000 persons are killed in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes by repeat offenders in the United States (MADD). That’s why the Hoffman Estates Police Department is joining with other national, state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials to remind everyone this holiday season to always designate a sober driver before each holiday party or event involving alcohol.
“The holiday season is supposed to be a time for family, friends, and festive celebrations, but it is unfortunately also a time when we see a tragic jump in the number of alcohol-related highway fatalities each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s” said Assistant Chief Steven Casstevens. “Designating a sober driver before the party begins is just one of several, simple steps to remember to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving.”
The Hoffman Estates Police Department continues to take a strong stance on traffic safety through enforcement, education and engineering.
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