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New Year's Holiday Safety Tips

Press Release Date: December 30, 2003    || Archived January 12, 2004
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today the fatality figures during the Combined Accident Reduction Enforcement (C.A.R.E.) period which ran from December 19 - 21. Ten persons were killed as the result of nine motor vehicle crashes.

ISP Director Larry G. Trent stated, “Each person killed in a motor vehicle crash is a tragedy. We all need to work together during the upcoming New Year’s Eve holiday to prevent further loss of life.”

"This is a time for holiday parties and get-togethers, but those who plan to drive should be responsible when they celebrate. Risking lives, yours and others, by driving drunk is no way to celebrate the holidays," said Trent.

The Illinois State Police reminds everyone to enjoy the New Year’s celebrations by offering the following safety tips: Don’t risk it. If you plan to drive, don’t drink. Choose a sober designated driver. Take the mass transit system or a taxicab. Spend the night where the activity is being held. Anyone who observes an impaired driver should call 911 and report it to law enforcement immediately.

The C.A.R.E. organization was formed as a multi-jurisdictional program of patrol, enforcement, and educational activities by State Police agencies across the country who are committed to the goal of accident reduction during the holidays.

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