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"You Drink & Drive. You Lose."

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Press Release Date: July 2, 2002    || Archived October 7, 2002
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) today announced participation in the “You Drink & Drive. You Lose” national mobilization campaign July 3 - 7 and the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) July 3 - 4. These traffic safety programs are designed to reduce impaired driving and traffic crashes during the Fourth of July holiday.

“Impaired driving is no accident. It is a crime that kills every 32 minutes,” said ISP Director Sam W. Nolen. “Troopers assigned to statewide patrols throughout the holiday weekend will be on the lookout for motorists who are driving under the influence.”

The ISP offers the following safety tips to help make this Independence Day a safe celebration for everyone traveling Illinois roadways:

If you plan to drive, don’t drink. Choose a sober designated driver. Take mass transit or a taxi. Spend the night where the activity is being held. Report impaired drivers to law enforcement. Remember your best defense against an impaired driver is your seat belt.

Last year during the two-day July 4th holiday seven people died on Illinois roadways as a result of seven crashes.

For more information contact:
Public Information Office
Telephone: 217-782-6637
TDD: 1-800-255-3323

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