According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 278 people were killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver in Illinois in 2011. On Super Bowl Sunday last year, four died in motor vehicle crashes with three of those deaths involving a driver who had been drinking.
ISP Director Hiram Grau said in a statement that this weekend “The Illinois State Police will strictly enforce DUI and will target those violators who place their lives and the lives of others at risk when they choose alcohol over safety.”
IDOT Secretary Ann L. Schneider said in a press release “We hope everyone enjoys the festivities of Super Bowl Weekend, but we want to remind everyone – before you decide to drink- to choose a sober designated driver. We want you to hand off your keys to ensure you, your passengers and everyone on our roadways can return home safely.”
She went on to say that “Drunk driving is always preventable, and driving drunk or buzzed could result in seriously injuring or killing yourself or someone else. Motorists can expect the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies to have a visible presence and to stop anyone who makes the dangerous decision to drink and drive.”