Red Cross promotes sober driving this Thanksgiving

According to data from IDOT, last year, 9 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes during the Thanksgiving weekend.

According to data from IDOT, last year, 9 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes during the Thanksgiving weekend. Of those fatalities, 3 occurred in crashes that involved people driving under the influence.

The American Red Cross and IDOT are teaming up with local bars to offer free nonalcoholic beverages to designated drivers on Thanksgiving Weekend.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 27th through Saturday, November 30th

WHAT: At participating locations, designated drivers can enjoy free nonalcoholic beverages in special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” cups and they will also be using “Be safe, have a designated driver” beverage napkins. Bars will hang posters indicating their participation in the event. This is the sixth year the Red Cross has sponsored the designated driver promotion. Last year, the Red Cross distributed about 2,000 cups to area bars.

WHERE: Participating locations include:

  • Crusen's, 2117 West Farmington Road, Peoria, IL
  • Crusen’s, 426 E War Memorial Dr., Peoria, IL
  • Goodfella’s Pub & Pizza, 1414 N. 8th St., Pekin, IL
  • Jac’s Dog House, 2024 Broadway, Pekin, IL
  • Kelleher’s Irish Pub, 619 SW Waters St., Peoria, IL
  • Red Rock Bar and Grill, 332 Detroit Ave., Morton, IL
  • Two25, 225 NE Adams St., Peoria, IL
  • Yesterdays’ Bar and Grill, 363 Court St., Pekin, IL
  • The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.