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.