Buffalo Grove Police step up traffic safety enforcement for Thanksgiving holiday

The Buffalo Grove Police Department is joining the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement to ensure Thanksgiving holiday travelers buckle up and drive sober with a “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign that runs from November 17-27.  

“Thanksgiving means more vehicles on the road and an increased risk of crashes,” said Lieutenant Tara Anderson. “No matter how long or short your drive, remember to buckle up and make sure children are in a safe seat. By buckling up and planning for a sober ride home, you help everyone have a safe and happy holiday.”  This high-visibility effort aims to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities. Proper seat belt use is the most effective way to protect vehicle occupants. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the statewide seat belt usage rate is currently 92.9%, leaving room for improvement.  

Buffalo Grove Police remind you to remember these tips to ensure a safe Thanksgiving holiday:  
• Plan for a sober ride home before you go out.  
• Call a taxi, take mass transit, or ask a family member to get you home safely.
• Use your favorite ride-share service, such as Uber or Lyft, or take public transportation.
• If you see a drunk driver, pull over safely and call 911.
• Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is the best defense against an impaired driver.  

The Thanksgiving enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.