Nov. 17, 2023 - As millions of motorists hit the road to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Oak Park Police Department is joining other Illinois law enforcement agencies around the state to make sure holiday travelers are buckled up and driving safely.
“Thanksgiving means more vehicles on the road – and an increased risk of crashes,” said Police Chief Shatonya Johnson. “No matter how long or short your drive, remember to buckle up and make sure children are in a safe seat. By buckling up and making a plan for a sober ride home, you help everyone have a safe and happy holiday.”
The goal of this high-visibility effort is to reduce motor vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities. Proper seat-belt use is the most effective way to protect vehicle occupants. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the statewide seat-belt usage rate has room for improvement at 92.9 percent.
Drivers and passengers can expect a ticket if they are spotted without a seat belt. Stepped-up patrols and seat belt enforcement zones will be seen throughout the Village and the state Nov. 17-27.
If you’ll be celebrating with alcohol or other impairing substances, please remember:
- Plan for a sober ride home before you go out.
- If you’ve been drinking or using marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, or call a family member to get you home safely.
- Use your favorite ride-share service or use public transportation.
- If you see a drunk driver, pull over safely and call 911.
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is the best defense against an impaired driver.
The Thanksgiving enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
For more information about traffic safety in Oak Park, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about the Oak Park Police Department is available at www.oak-park.us/police.