OREGON — The Ogle County Sheriff's Office announced it will conduct extra patrols on St. Patrick’s Day to arrest impaired drivers and to encourage use of seat belts.
“We’re urging you to plan ahead for St. Patrick’s Day festivities,” said Sheriff Brian VanVickle. “Don’t ever drive under the influence of alcohol or any drug. It’s not just about you. There are other people on the roads who are impacted by your decisions.”
If you’re going out for St. Patrick’s Day:
Designate a sober driver ahead of time, and give that person your keys.
If you don’t have a designated driver, call a cab, use ride-sharing, have a sober friend or family member pick you up, or stay where you are and sleep it off.
Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they’re about to drive impaired.
Buckle up – it’s your best defense in a crash.
Pedestrians are at risk, too. If you are walking, keep an eye out for cars. Designated drivers should remain alert for impaired walkers who may not obey street signs and pedestrian signals.
The St. Patrick’s Day enforcement campaign is part of the Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs supported through federal funds administered by IDOT.