ST. CHARLES – St. Charles police will focus on enforcing drunk driving and drug- and alcohol-related traffic offenses as part of the Saturation Saturday initiative on Aug. 25, officials announced in a news release.
This initiative is in conjunction with the Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign, which runs Aug. 20 through Sept. 4.
Saturation Saturday is a statewide initiative with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Illinois, spearheading efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk and drugged driving, and increase enforcement to remove and arrest individuals driving under the influence.
“If you are going to drink, don’t drive,” Cmdr. Eric Majewski stated in the release. “Too many people die behind the wheel each year because someone chooses to drive impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Our officers will show zero tolerance with DUI, alcohol-related traffic offenses, and failure to wear a seat belt.”
St. Charles police will join state, county and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois for increased enforcement during the evening hours of Aug. 25, the release stated.
The St. Charles community has felt the impact of drunk and drugged driving, and the Saturation Saturday initiative will reinforce our zero tolerance stance with DUI, the release stated.
“It takes a group effort and teamwork to initiate change,” said Sam Canzoneri, state executive director for MADD [Mothers Against Drunk Driving] Illinois. “Through the dedicated efforts of law enforcement and organizations like MADD, we have worked to change public perceptions regarding impaired driving.”
Though progress has been made, there is still work that needs to be done in the area of this 100 percent preventable crime, Canzoneri stated in the release.
“We’re honored to join efforts with law enforcement on the Saturation Saturday initiative,” Canzoneri stated. “We feel that this combined effort will raise awareness in our state and ultimately save lives.”
The public is reminded of these life-saving tips:
• Never let family or friends drive drunk
• Give your keys to a designated driver before you go out
• If you are drunk or impaired by alcohol or other drug, call a taxi, take mass transit, use your favorite ride sharing service or call a sober friend or family member
• Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911
• Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt.
For more information about Mothers Against Drunk Driving or Saturation Saturday, contact Sam Canzoneri at firstname.lastname@example.org or Allison Seys at email@example.com.