North Aurora to crack down on drunken drivers during Super Bowl weekend

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

NORTH AURORA – The North Aurora Police Department on Monday announced it will conduct special patrols this Super Bowl weekend cracking down on drunken drivers and seat-belt law violators.

“We are reminding everyone that if you choose to drink and drive in North Aurora this weekend, you will be arrested,” North Aurora Police Chief David Summer said in a news release. “If you plan on drinking alcohol while cheering on your team, pass your keys to a sober driver before the Super Bowl party begins. Motorists also can anticipate tickets for ignoring the seat-belt laws.”

Designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive drunk are just two of several steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest resulting from drunken driving, Summer said.  Other tips include:

• Call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely

• Use your community’s designated driver program.

• Report drunken drivers to law enforcement.

• Spend the night where the activity is being held.

• Always buckle up.

“We will show zero tolerance for [drunken] drivers,” Summer said.

“So remember, designate a sober driver before the party begins.”

The North Aurora Police Department’s Super Bowl enforcement effort is funded with federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.