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Police issue warning to drunk drivers this Thanksgiving


Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 5:58 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - On Thanksgiving Eve some people gather together for what is called “Black Wednesday.” People are encouraged to drink more alcohol during the holiday season, but especially on days like today. Statistics show that there’s a higher risk of being involved in a fatal drunk driving accident during the holidays.

Deputy Chief David Horn from East Peoria Police Department says “If you are going to travel please don’t drink. If you are going to drink please be responsible. Have a designated driver, use Uber, use taxis. Just be responsible.”

He says he lost his mother in 2007 on Thanksgiving day after she was struck by a drunk driver.

" I know what it’s like not having a mom,” says Horn.

Police ask if drinking will be a part of their holiday celebration to make sure there’s a plan. Asking that people be responsible for themselves and to others on the road.

“If you are going to travel please don’t drink. If you are going to drink please be responsible. Have a designated driver, use uber, use taxis. Just be responsible” says Horn.

Additional officers will be patrolling but he said “We’re not going to do bar checks, we’ll leave that up to local businesses to follow their own rules and regulations, within the liquor license. But, we will be out in the community. ”

Jimmy’s bar has been in business for the past 39 years. Owner, Jimmy Spears says, “If somebody’s obviously been drinking too much we try to get him a ride home or Uber them home. Our responsibility is to get them home safe so they can enjoy tomorrow.”

This local bar is doing they’re part to help patrons get home safe after a night of drinking but, police stress that everyone has a designated driver. Additional police will be patrolling the community in checking seat belts and DUI’s.

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