St. Charles police on alert for St. Pat’s weekend

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the St. Charles Police Department is urging motorists to plan a safe ride home and to never drive drunk, according to a news release.

Officers will be on alert for intoxicated drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over public safety campaign.

The St. Charles Police Department also will conduct a roadside safety check Saturday night. It is in continuing support of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program, STEP.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records indicate more than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving drunken drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day holidays from 2006 to 2010.

The St. Charles Police Department recommends these steps to have a safe St. Patrick’s Day:

• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.

• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

• Call 911 if you see a drunken driver.

• If you know someone who is about to drive a car or ride a motorcycle while impaired, take the keys and help that person make other transportation arrangements.

• Wear a seat belt.