Elmhurst police will increase the number of officers on the roads looking for drunk drivers beginning Friday, Oct. 25, and running through Saturday, Nov. 2.
It's part of the state-wide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign to keep Halloween and other party-goers safe. Elmhurst police want this to serve as fair warning to those who will be drinking over the next week: "Keep the party off the road."
From 2007-2011, 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night involved a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Elmhurst police recommend planning in advance a way to get home at the end of the night. Always designate a sober driver. If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or stay put.
Police are asking citizens to let them know if they see a driver who appears to be impaired, and take the keys away from someone known to be drunk and planning to drive.
This aggressive crack-down is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation.