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2021 Independence Day Safe Driving Campaign

City of Highland Park Encourages Safe Driving During the Independence Day Holiday
Sober driving saves lives

June 25, 2021 – During the Independence Day holiday, the City of Highland Park urges motorists to drive responsibly and drive sober. The Police Department recommends these responsible ways to get home safe:

  • Plan for a sober ride home. Designate a sober driver, take public transportation or use a ride-sharing service.
  • If you are with a friend or family member who intends to drive impaired, take their keys away and arrange to get them home safely.
  • Always buckle up! It is your best defense against impaired drivers.

As a reminder, in Illinois, children are required to be in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8 and all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.  In addition, a number of laws pertain to teen drivers. For the first 12 months of licensing, or until the driver turns 18, whichever occurs first, the number of passengers is limited to one person under age 20, unless the passenger(s) is a sibling, stepsibling, child or stepchild of the driver. Other driving laws can be found at

The Police Department is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Transportation and law enforcement throughout the state to encourage safe driving and educate drivers about the risks of impaired driving.  From Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, July 4, motorists in Highland Park will see an increase in patrols and traffic stops, along with additional messaging on the dangers of impaired driving.

The Illinois Impaired Driving campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.