drivingMRKANKAKEE – Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end to summer and the last major holiday of the season. With more people expected to be on the roads this busy weekend, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is reminding people to celebrate safely and drive sober.

“There is no excuse for speeding or driving under the influence, because it can put you and others in harm’s way,” Joyce said. “As we head into the long Labor Day weekend, I encourage you to plan ahead so everyone can make it home safely.”

The high-visibility “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign runs now through the early morning hours of Sept. 7. During this period, motorists in Chicago Heights, Kankakee and across the state can expect to see stepped-up impaired driving patrols and seat belt enforcement, particularly at night, when seat belt usage rates are at their lowest. Speeders and distracted drivers should also be aware.

“Drunk driving is illegal, and it takes lives,” Joyce said. “Let’s all do our part to keep each other safe.”

The Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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