Sheriff’s Office Releases Holiday Enforcement Numbers


The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation and law enforcement across the state for the holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. From December 16th through January 2nd, the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office showed zero tolerance for impaired driving, arresting 2 offenders

“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 Sheriff John F.Booker. “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.” 

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office ramped up its usual enforcement efforts. In addition to impaired driving arrests, 0- seat belt, 0- speeding, 0- distracted driving and 3 other traffic citations as applicable]

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

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

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