Champaign Police Department Releases the Results of the Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign

The results are in from the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday crackdown on intoxicated drivers.

During the holiday season, reducing the deadly dangers from intoxicated drivers was a top priority as the Champaign Police Department was out in force to arrest those who put themselves and others on the road at risk.

From December 20, 2013, to January 5, 2014, the Champaign Police Department stopped and arrested three (3) intoxicated drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations over the legal limit of 0.08 grams per deciliter. One (1) of the arrestees was cited for a Felony DUI.

“Intoxicated driving is deadly dangerous and people can get too wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays and make bad decisions,” said Sgt. Joe Ketchem. “The bottom line is if you have been celebrating the holidays with alcohol, you don’t belong behind the wheel. Never drink and drive.”

During the holiday period the Champaign Police Department also conducted several seatbelt details throughout the city. During these details officers issued Eleven (11) citations for No Seatbelt, Two (2) for No Valid Registration, Two (2) for Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicles, and One (1) for No Valid Driver’s License.

The recent law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation and is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns.