Peru police, La Salle County sheriff announce holiday DUI campaign

Police to partner with IDOT

Peru Police Department

The Peru Police Department and the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office are partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving.

Peru police and La Salle County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday separately a Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over and “Drive High – Get a DUI enforcement campaign. From Dec. 15 through Jan. 2, law enforcement across Illinois will show zero tolerance for alcohol- and drug-impaired driving to keep our roads safe and help ensure a happy holiday season.

“If you’ll be celebrating with festive drinks or other impairing substances, make a plan for a safe ride home before you leave for the party,” said Lt. Doug Bernabei, department spokesman, in a news statement. “Driving impaired is simply unacceptable. That’s why we make zero exceptions and arrest all impaired drivers. There are no excuses.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, in the United States in 2021, a total of 13,384 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes each year from 2017 to 2021, with one person killed in a drunk-driving crash approximately every 45 minutes. These fatalities are preventable, and drivers must remember that driving impaired – by alcohol, cannabis or any other substance, whether legal or not – is potentially deadly and illegal behavior.

The Peru Police Department and La Salle County Sheriff’s Office recommend these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:

Designate a sober driver. If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and contact the Peru Police Department; have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take their keys and make arrangements to get them home safely; remember to buckle up!

The holiday enforcement campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.