Buffalo Grove Police release holiday enforcement numbers

Buffalo Grove Police partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and other law enforcement agencies across the state for the holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign from December 16, 2022 through January 2, 2023.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department ramped up its enforcement efforts for the campaign. In addition to patrolling for impaired driving, police also looked for other traffic safety violations. Police issued 15 seat belt, one speeding, two distracted driving and four other traffic citations during the focused traffic campaign. 

“We can’t stress this enough: Impaired driving is illegal, potentially deadly behavior, and it puts the driver, passengers and all road users at risk,” said Sergeant Tony Turano. “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign helps our law enforcement officers address this problem head on. If you use any impairing substance, do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System, in 2020, a total of 11,654 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2016 to 2020, with one person killed in an alcohol-related crash every 45 minutes in 2020.

The holiday enforcement campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds managed by NHTSA.