June 24, 2021 - The Oak Park Police Department is stepping up July Fourth traffic enforcement, focusing on impaired and unbuckled drivers.
The safety campaign is underway now and will run through July 6 to include the summer weekends leading up to and after Independence Day.
“We want all our residents and visitors to have an enjoyable and safe holiday,” said Police Chief LaDon Reynolds. “Remember – if you’re going to drink or use other impairing substances, don’t drive. We will be stepping up patrols to keep impaired drivers off the roads and ensure everyone makes it home from their celebrations.”
The Oak Park Police will join the Illinois State Police and more than 200 local law enforcement departments for the increased statewide enforcement effort.
To keep your 4th of July celebrations safe, plan ahead by designating a sober driver, not driving distracted and always wearing your seat belt. Other important tips include:
- Give your designated driver your keys before you go out.
- If you are drunk or impaired by 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.
- Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. Not only is it the law, it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns are made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The crackdown runs with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences.
For more information about traffic safety in Oak Park, visit www.oak-park.us/police or email email@example.com.