Licensed For Life, founded by Executive Director Cheryl Baczek and Deputy Chief Mike McNamara, employs handpicked, specially trained, active police officers. These officers are sent into the classroom to teach students about DUI, DUI prevention, graduated licenses, safety skills and zero tolerance laws. All of the officers have experiences with intoxicated drivers and explain the effects of alcohol on the human body. We discuss updated DUI laws with the students and have the students demonstrate a street sobriety test while wearing the Fatal Vision goggles, which simulate an intoxicated driver.
Since its inception in 1997, Licensed For Life has been to over 300 schools and civic organizations while conducting more than 7100 classes before over 205,000 students. The program has been presented before the National Driver's Education Conferences in St. Louis, Mo., Effingham, Ill., the Southwest Regional Conference in South Carolina, the Northwest Regional Conference in New Hampshire, and State Conferences in Virginia, Wisconsin, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and Maine. The program was selected by The Electric Insurance Company to be presented to their employees in South Carolina, Massachusetts and New York. Licensed For Life has been presented on National Public Radio and in 2003 was awarded the Illinois State Bar Association's "Law Enforcement of the Year" award.
There is no charge to any organization that wishes to have a Licensed For Life presentation. The program is funded through philanthropic and corporate donations. Classes in school are scheduled as part of the regular school day in driver ed/health classes.
To schedule classes for your school, organization or to donate to the program, contact Deputy Chief Mike McNamara at (708) 473-0682 or (815) 933-0889