Police step up traffic enforcement during holiday period

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By Community Editor

COURTESY OF VILLAGE OF OAK PARK

Oak Park Police are out in force during the July 4 holiday period looking for impaired and unbuckled drivers as part of a statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket enforcement effort.

The intensified enforcement began on June 23 and will continue through July 6. Efforts will focus on late-night hours when statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur that involve drunk drivers and unbuckled motorists.

"Independence Day is one of the deadliest holidays of the year because of those who choose to drive while impaired," said Oak Park Deputy Chief Anthony Ambrose. "Oak Park Police officers will be out in force during the July 4th holiday period and they will have zero tolerance for impaired drivers and motorists who aren't wearing seat belts."

To avoid a potential crash or an arrest for driving under the influence, the Oak Park Police Department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends or family members drive drunk or impaired. Other important tips include:

  • Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.

  • If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

  • Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.

  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt – it's not only state law, but the best defense against a drunk driver.

The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety.

For more information on traffic safety in Oak Park, email police@oak-park.us.

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Done from Oak Park  

Posted: July 7th, 2014 9:30 AM

Thank you, Cranky. Agree 100%. Walking home from the fireworks was a challenge because of ALL drivers who paid zero attention to stop signs and walkers. Unbelievable. I think we should pull them out of the ground. What's the point? No one stops for them and no one gets stopped for running them. I followed behind an officer this morning and saw three cars barely slow down at signs but the officer never pursued any of these drivers.

Cranky from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 6th, 2014 9:51 PM

I'd like to see a crackdown on the many sober drivers who are impervious to the rules of the road in Oak Park. Every day of the week, not just on a holiday weekend.

rez  

Posted: July 5th, 2014 11:12 PM

to go out and get a job. Some are maybe not mentally fit to get a normal job, but many are just lazy and want the easy way out. I like the article that talks about how despite the computer training the couple received (no doubt free) they still went back to their old ways.

Rez  

Posted: July 5th, 2014 11:09 PM

Nothing has changed because Oak Parker is still an easy target for panhandlers. The police cannot do anything until and actual "crime" has been committed. Oak Parkers will keep giving, because many give the benefit of doubt that these people deserve the help (some do deserve it, many don't), or they don't want to say no out of fear that you'll be judged by the public. Also because Panhandlers know that it's a lot easier to sit around all day doing nothing and asking for money than it is cont...

Herb Millthrob from Oak Park  

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 12:44 PM

Many thanks for the link on Panhandling within Oak Park. It is a very well written article but nothing seems to have changed in the 3 years since it was written. Reminds me of what will happen next Monday - after over 50 people are shot this weekend in Chicago, we will see Reverends, candle light vigils, prayer meetings, "my boy was a good boy but got mixed up in the wrong crowd" and the next 4th of July, we will see 50 plus more shootings.

Ummm Herb  

Posted: July 1st, 2014 4:54 PM

This "crackdown" is a stateide effort meaning they are probably paying for the overtime costs. Oak Park was on the news a few years back for local panhandling and what the village was doing to stop it. http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/11-28-2011/Taking-a-closer-look-at-panhandling-in-Oak-Park/

Herb Millthrob from Oak Park  

Posted: July 1st, 2014 3:06 PM

I would like to see the police combine the crackdown on drunk drivers with a crackdown on the panhandling within Oak Park. It has gotten out of control in front of the CTA Harlem stop, across from fitness formula, in scoville park by the library. in my opinion, the really distracts from the quality of life in our community. Is panhandling illegal within Oak Park? If not, I think it should be.

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