SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — Illinois State Police say you shouldn’t count on the luck of the Irish to get you home safely this upcoming weekend. Troopers are urging people to count on safe and sober driving instead.
ISP and nearly 200 local police agencies will ramp up enforcement of impaired driving, seat belt usage, speeding and distracted driving laws starting Thursday through the early hours of Monday, March 18.
“Driving after drinking or using drugs is a deadly choice. There is no excuse for it,” said Cynthia Watters, bureau chief of IDOT’s Safety Programs and Engineering. “Don’t wait until you’re already impaired to figure out how to get home. Make the right choice early ¬- it could be the difference between life or death.”
In 2018, eight people died on Illinois roads on St. Patrick’s Day. Two of those deaths involved alcohol.
“Don’t push your luck this St. Patrick’s Day, or the men and women in green pants will take you to ‘county,’ and I don’t mean County Cork,” said ISP Acting Director and Irishman Brendan Kelly.