Rockford Police Department’s Holiday Traffic Safety Enforcement Results
The Rockford Police Department has announced the results of its holiday enforcement campaign against impaired driving. From December 16th through January 2nd, the department partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation and other law enforcement agencies across the state to crack down on drunk driving. The campaign, called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," resulted in seven arrests for impaired driving.
In addition to these arrests, the Rockford Police Department also issued 25 citations for seat belt violations, 41 speeding citations, five car seat violations, and three tickets for distracted driving. These efforts show the department's commitment to improving traffic safety and reducing the number of preventable accidents on the road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 11,654 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver in 2020. This is a sobering statistic, as it shows that drunk driving remains a major issue on our roads. On average, over 10,000 people were killed each year from 2016 to 2020 in alcohol-related crashes, with one person killed every 45 minutes in 2020 alone.
The holiday enforcement campaign was funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, using federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These efforts highlight the importance of campaigns like "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," which aim to reduce the number of drunk driving incidents and save lives on our roads.
Overall, the Rockford Police Department's holiday enforcement numbers show a strong commitment to improving traffic safety and reducing the number of preventable accidents. By cracking down on drunk driving, seat belt violations, speeding, and distracted driving, the department is helping to create a safer environment for all road users. It is important that we all do our part to help reduce the number of accidents on the road, whether it be by designating a sober driver, wearing a seat belt, or following the speed limit. Together, we can make our roads safer for everyone.
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