Celebrate Responsibly

Officer DaleyThe holidays are a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate.  Unfortunately, for far too many families they become a time to mourn due to impaired driving tragedies that are completely preventable. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that more than 10,000 people die on U.S. roads because of impaired driving throughout the year - that’s equal to 20 jumbo jets crashing.  An average of 27 people die each day in December due to impaired driving wrecks.  The rate of impaired driving fatalities increases by 34%  during the holidays, killing about 300 Americans each year in the handful of days surrounding the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. A couple of factors that contribute to the higher rates are more parties and days off from work at this time of year, along with the tendency for the roadways to be hazardous due to weather. 

Remember that all law enforcement agencies tend to step-up DUI enforcement this time of year.  The Huntley Police Department will have special patrols dedicated to impaired driving enforcement during the holiday season.  We will be out looking for traffic violators so we can all get to our destination safely.

We ask everyone to do your part to keep our roadways safe as well.  Arrange for a sober driver before your begin your celebrations.  Encourage your friends and family to do the same.  Call a friend, a cab, or a ride-share service for a sober ride - or else you may get a really expensive ride in the back of a police car.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Additionally, we need your help in reporting impaired motorists. Please be alert while driving and be mindful of weather and roadway conditions. Don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 if you witness questionable driving abilities that could be associated with an impaired motorist.

Keep yourself safe, and consume alcohol responsibly.  It isn’t a reindeer that could run over grandma, it’s a drunk driver. 


 Huntley Safety 1st is the monthly education series written by the staff of the Huntley Police Department.  On the first of each month, we provide citizens with information on a different public safety related issue.

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