As Illinoisans gear up to mark the end of summer with Labor Day celebrations throughout the state, the Robinson Police Department announced its plans for a traffic safety campaign focusing on drunk, unbuckled and distracted drivers.
"Our goal is to help ensure that our community's residents and visitors make it home safely after the party ends," said Chief Chad Weaver. "We'll be out in force to keep impaired drivers off the roads. If you'll be celebrating, we urge you to plan ahead for a sober ride. It could be a matter of life or death."
Robinson police are partnering with the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement across the state for the increased statewide effort.
The high-visibility crackdown is running from Friday, Aug. 16, through the holiday weekend into the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 3.
On Aug. 24 and 31, the department will be working in conjunction with the Crawford County Sheriff's Office, which also participates in the grant, to conduct countywide patrols.
Officers from Palestine, Oblong and Hutsonville will also participate in the increased patrols.
Before the fun starts this Labor Day, remember to designate a sober driver and don't let friends or family members drive drunk. Even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times, making driving unsafe.
The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.