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Carbondale Police Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over


Carbondale, IL—This Halloween,Carbondale Police will crack down on drunk drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort, and Carbondale Police Department has given a fair warning to all:  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

“The scariest part of Halloween is not the spooky costumes and scary pranks, it’s drunk drivers.  All too often, people don’t plan ahead and choose to drive after drinking, but a costume can’t disguise drunk driving,” said Police Chief Jody O’ Guinn.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2007-2011, 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.

Young men are particularly at risk of being involved in a traffic crash as a result of "buzzed" or drunk driving. Males ages 21-34 comprised almost half of all drunk drivers who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide during the 2011 Halloween period.

“If you celebrate with alcohol, you don’t belong behind the wheel.” Police Chief Jody O’ Guinn said. “A sober and safe ride is the best treat you can give yourself and everyone else on the road this Halloween in Carbondale.”

To keep safe this Halloween, Carbondale Police Department recommends these tips:

·         Beforethe Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.

·         Always designate a sober driver.

·         If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or sleep it off at the party location.

            ·         Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

·         If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.

·         If you know someone who is about to drive or ride after drinking, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

For more information, please contact Lt. Reno at 618-457-3200 ext: 427 or

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