Police in both North Riverside and Riverside will participate in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic enforcement campaign from Aug. 21 through the early morning hours of Sept. 5.

The Labor Day weekend traditionally serves as the unofficial end of summer, but is also an often deadly weekend due to the number of vehicle crashes resulting from drunk and drugged driving.

During the enforcement period, IDOT provides federal grant funding for police to conduct extra patrols in order to focus on drunk driving enforcement as well as seatbelt enforcement.

Alcohol- or drug-impaired driving is not acceptable behavior,” said North Riverside Deputy Police Chief Deborah Garcia in a press release. “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you go out. We make zero exceptions for impaired driving. There are just no excuses.”

Police encourage those who plan to drink alcohol to designate a sober driver before going out, use public transportation, call a cab or use a ride-sharing service. If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.