FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Joint Release from Union County Sheriff and Union County State’s Attorney
November 20, 2017
Sheriff and State’s Attorney Remind Public: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve
Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel and Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds want to remind the public: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve. Beginning with the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, the long holiday weekend is statistically the most deadly holiday on the nation’s highways. Over 800 people died in alcohol related crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend between 2012 and 2016.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police and municipal police departments will be patrolling for drunk drivers. Everyone who will be drinking is reminded to choose a designated driver. First time DUI offenders are subject to thousands of dollars in fines and court costs, jail time and loss of driver’s license for six months. Repeat offenders can be subject to up to $25,000 in fines, a felony conviction and prison time.
Driving drunk is not worth the consequences. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday – Don’t drink and drive.