The Wheaton Police Department will intensify its efforts against drunk drivers and seatbelt law violators this holiday season, police announced in a press release Monday.
"Enforcement efforts will concentrate on the deadly nighttime hours between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.," according to the release.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that the midnight to 3 a.m. timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roadways.
Beginning at 9 p.m. is when data shows that alcohol involvement and low seat belt use begins to play a much more significant role in motor vehicle fatalities. Data shows alcohol and lack of seat belt use continue throughout the nighttime hours until 6 a.m., according to the release.
The Wheaton Police Department will be stepping up late-night enforcement efforts, making sure drunk drivers are off the road and motorists are buckled up.
The Wheaton Police Department highly recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive drunk as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving. Other important tips:
- Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
- If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
- Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement;
- Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers are buckled up. It is your best defense against a drunk driver.
Information courtesy of a press release from the City of Wheaton.