Police launch safe driving campaign for Super Bowl Sunday

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police officials today launched the You Drink & Drive. You Lose campaign and announced their efforts to boost enforcement over Super Bowl weekend.

As part of the mobilization, nearly 100 local police departments and county sheriff offices will host a combined total of over 500 roadside safety checks, safety belt enforcement zones and other details scheduled to take place this weekend.

The You Drink & Drive. You Lose impaired driving enforcement mobilizations take place during major holidays or special events when impaired driving fatalities tend to be higher. Highly visible law enforcement including impaired driving saturation patrols and roadside safety checks are an effective tool in the impaired driving battle. Approximately $400,000 in federal highway safety funds are being committed to provide stepped up impaired driving and safety belt enforcement. 

During the last five years in Illinois (2006-2010), 14 motor vehicle fatalities occurred on Super Bowl Sunday.  Five of those fatalities, or 36 percent, involved a drinking driver.  In comparison, last year three of the four fatalities that occurred in Illinois involved a driver who had been drinking.

The Illinois Department of Transportation suggests the following tips for those planning to consume alcohol while watching the Super Bowl:

  • Designate a sober driver before the party begins;
  • Call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely;
  • If established, use your community’s designated driver program;
  • Report impaired drivers to law enforcement;
  • Spend the night where the activity is being held and sleep it off;
  • Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

The You Drink & Drive. You Lose crackdown began Jan. 28 and runs through Feb. 6.  For more information about impaired driving in Illinois, log onto

www.drivesoberillinois.org.