The holiday season is well upon us. And like many of you, I’m looking forward to enjoying some time off and celebrating with my family and my grandchildren back home in Peoria.
My holiday wish for everyone is 'safety.'
Look, we hold this "Over the Limit, Under Arrest" event every year because too many people continue to get behind the wheel after they’ve had a few drinks. And when they do, they put themselves and others in grave danger.
That is unacceptable.
This month, with great support from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Governors Highway Safety Association, we’re launching a national ad campaign on TV and radio to help local law enforcement agencies get drunk drivers off the road.
Our message is very clear: If we catch you driving while drunk, we will arrest you, and we will prosecute you. No exceptions. No excuses.
I know that our local police officers and state troopers will do an amazing job patrolling our streets and highways this holiday season. As they always do.
But this isn’t just a law enforcement problem. It’s really about people taking responsibility for their own behavior.
It’s up to every single driver in this country--from the newly licensed to the most experienced--to turn the key in the ignition only when absolutely sober.
Thank you. And I wish everyone a very happy, healthy, safe holiday season.