Patrols increased for upcoming holiday
News-Sun staff report August 27, 2013 1:04PM
| Sun-Times Media file
Updated: October 27, 2013 2:25AM
As Labor Day weekend approaches, a number of police departments have already started increasing patrols and others have announced roadblocks and other sweeps.
In Gurnee, the police department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will have a roadside safety checkpoint Saturday, Aug. 31, beginning at 10 p.m. at Grand Avenue and Six Flags Drive and continuing into the early morning hours. In addition, seat belt enforcement zones will be established near the following intersections to increase seat belt use, especially during the 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. hours, said a police department press release. Those intersections include O’Plaine and Brookhaven roads, Route 132 and First Street, routes 41 and 132, routes 132 and 21, O’Plaine Road and Old Grand Avenue, Washington Street and Almond Road, Cemetery Road and Washington Street, and Almond Road and Dada Drive.
There will also be high visibility patrol efforts in the entire village.
Many police department efforts began Aug. 16 and will run through Sept. 2.
“Every year in Illinois, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Sgt. Dawn DeServi of the Fox Lake Police Department.
“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this effort, we will help make Fox Lake’s road safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period,” said Sgt. DeServi.
“In addition, the Fox Lake Police Department will be stepping up seat belt enforcement, especially during the all-too-dangerous late night hours when seat belt use is lowest,” she said.
Grayslake and Libertyville police departments will also be conducting more patrols focusing on seat belt use and intoxicated driving. This year, the state law was changed and everyone inside a vehicle must wear a seat belt. The Waukegan Police Department will also be conducting added roadside safety and sobriety checkpoints. There will be one roadside safety and sobriety checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 30, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Genesee and 10th streets.
Funding for “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and the “Click It or Ticket” campaigns are be paid for by the Illinois Department of Transportation, through a Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant.