As many of us were opening gifts, spending time with family and friends and enjoying the holidays, Village of Woodridge law enforcement officers were on the streets cracking down on impaired drivers to make local roadways safer.
According to a spokesperson for the Woodridge Police Department, between Dec. 17, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013, officers issued 89 citations to drivers for traffic-related offenses such as speeding, no seatbelts and no insurance and made four arrests for DUI.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign increased police patrols during the special enforcement period. During the late night hours from midnight to 6 a.m., additional patrols are deployed to monitor for impaired drivers.
The enforcement blitz was designed to decrease impaired driving fatalities both in Woodridge and nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,885 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes during 2010 – and 31 percent (10,228) of those fatalities occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
Nationally in December 2010, there were 2,597 people who lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes, with 30 percent (775) of those fatalities occurring in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
Driving impaired is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Violators face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and potential job loss.
Editor’s note: Most information for this story is from a press release issued by the Woodridge Police Department.