Naperville Police Department’s Alcohol Prevention

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The Naperville Police Department will be focusing on alcohol issues for their June’s A Safer Naper program.

“What we’re trying to do this month is to encourage people to number one, don’t have any underage drinking,” said Tim Ogan, a commander at the Naperville Police Department. “And number two, if you are drinking don’t drive. So we’re looking at DUI, underage consumption, fake ID’s, things like that.”

With summer events and cookouts ahead, people should think twice if they’ve had too much to drink before getting behind the wheel.

Naperville Police Department is Trying to Prevent Alcohol Accidents

According to a report done by Illinois’ DUI Fact Book, 330 people were killed in 2017 due to alcohol-related driving. The same report says total cost of an average DUI conviction is over $18,000.

Commander Ogan says there are plenty of ways to avoid drinking and driving.

Police’s Advice to Avoid Drinking & Driving

“You’ve got ride sharing, you’ve got the Tuk Tuks, and the G cars, [and] you’ve got lots of different ways to get home safely,” said Ogan. “When you’re drinking you’re not thinking, you’re going to make poor choices. If you’re with someone who’s had too much to drink, don’t let them drive. Do everything you need to do to get the keys out of their hands.”

Underage drinking can result in losing driving privileges for six or more months, and possessing a fake ID, or someone else’s, may result in a permanent criminal conviction.

Naperville News 17’s Christian Canizal reports.

Learn more about Alcohol Related Issues, and watch more of Naperville Police Department’s A Sage Naper