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St. Patrick’s Day traffic safety campaign set

WAUKEGAN – The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will conduct traffic safety patrols on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 15 to 17, to arrest impaired drivers and to encourage use of seat belts.  

“As we get out of the deep freeze of winter and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I remind you to plan ahead if your celebration includes alcohol,” Sheriff John Idleburg said in a news release. “We will have extra patrols during this popular drinking weekend to arrest intoxicated drivers.”

If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party:

• You can be held liable if someone you serve is involved in an impaired driving crash.

• Make sure guests designate a sober driver in advance or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.

• Serve plenty of food and nonalcoholic beverages.

• Download a ride-sharing app on your phone to help partygoers and keep phone numbers for local cab companies handy.

• Take keys away from anyone who is trying to drive impaired.

If you’re going out for St. Patrick’s Day:

• Designate a sober driver ahead of time and give that person your keys.

• If you don’t have a designated driver, call a cab, use ride-sharing, have a sober friend or family member pick you up, or stay where you are and sleep it off.

• Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they’re about to drive impaired.

• Buckle up – it’s your best defense in a crash.

The St. Patrick’s Day enforcement campaign is part of the Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs supported through federal funds administered by IDOT.

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