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Police to Focus on Impaired Drivers for Saturation Saturday Aug. 25

It's Part of a Statewide Initiative

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The St. Charles Police Department will focus on enforcing drunk driving and drug- and alcohol-related traffic offenses as part of the Saturation Saturday initiative Saturday, August 25, 2018. This initiative is in conjunction with the Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign, which runs August 20 through September 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,” said Commander Eric Majewski. “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 the State for increased enforcement during the evening hours of August 25. Our community has felt the impact of drunk and drugged driving, and the Saturation Saturday initiative will reinforce our zero tolerance stance with DUI. 

“It takes a group effort and teamwork to initiate change,” said Sam Canzoneri, state executive director for MADD Illinois. “Through the dedicated efforts of law enforcement and organizations like MADD, we have worked to change public perceptions regarding impaired driving. Progress has been made, but there is still much work that needs to be done in the area of this 100% preventable crime. We’re honored to join efforts with law enforcement on the Saturation Saturday initiative. We feel that this combined effort will raise awareness in our state and ultimately save lives.”

Please remember these important 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. It is your best defense against a drunk/impaired driver. 

For more information about Mothers Against Drunk Driving or Saturation Saturday, contact Sam Canzoneri, state executive director, at sam.canzoneri@madd.org; or Allison Seys, state program coordinator, at allison.seys@madd.org.

created Aug 10, 2018 updated Aug 10, 2018