drivingMRCHAMPAIGN – With Independence Day right around the corner, State Senator Scott Bennett is joining law enforcement officials in reminding people to celebrate safely and drive sober.

“Unfortunately, the holiday weekend can create dangerous driving situations when individuals choose to drive while impaired,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “I encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly by booking a safe ride home or designating a sober driver if your celebrations include alcohol.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation launched a multimedia safety campaign – “It’s Not a Game” – that drives home the message there are no extra lives, no respawns and no second chances to get it right when you are behind the wheel.

Last year in Illinois during the July Fourth holiday period from July 2-5, there were 22 car wreck fatalities, which is the highest total in the last five years. Officials are urging residents to plan ahead to prevent a tragedy.

“Illinois State Police Troopers will be out in full force over the holiday weekend looking for impaired drivers,” said Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly. “Driving while impaired due to alcohol or drugs can be a costly decision that puts your life and the lives of other people on the road in danger. Be responsible this Fourth of July and don’t lose your independence by losing your license or your freedom by going to jail.”

The Fourth of July “It’s Not a Game” campaign is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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