With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, the Romeoville Police
Department is reminding motorists to plan ahead for a sober ride home to keep
celebrations from turning deadly.
“We understand people are looking for a reason to celebrate, but we urge you to do so
safely,” said Sergeant Brian McClellan. “While festivities may look different this year,
the basics remain the same: If you’ll be drinking or using cannabis or another impairing
substance, make the right choice to find a sober driver to get you and your friends’ home
In addition to patrolling for alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers, the Romeoville Police
Department will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when seat belt
usage rates are lowest. Speed limits and distracted driving laws will also be strictly
Designating a sober driver and not letting friends drive impaired are two simple steps to
help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for driving under the influence.
Other important tips:
-If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a
cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up, or stay where you are and
sleep it off until you are sober.
-Buckle up. It’s your best defense in the event of a crash.
-Remember, pedestrians are at risk, too. If you are walking, keep an eye out for
cars. If you’re driving, remain alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street
The St. Patrick’s Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is funded by federal
traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is
administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation.