Oak Park cops step up traffic enforcement over Thanksgiving week leading to nine arrests

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park Police were handing out tickets like they were leftover turkey during the period leading up to Thanksgiving weekend, making 43 stops during the holiday enforcement campaign.

Working with state and local law enforcement, police wrote 23 seatbelt tickets and made three arrests for impaired driving, three arrests for driving with a suspended or revoked license, two arrests for drug possession and one warrant arrest for speeding, police said in a press release.

Nine people were killed and more than 700 were injured on Illinois roads around Thanksgiving in 2012, according to police.

"We hope this enforcement campaign helps improve driving habits for motorists in Oak Park and throughout the Chicago area, especially with the holiday travel season approaching," Oak Park Deputy Police Chief Anthony Ambrose said in the press release.

Police advise:

* Using a designated driver when drinking.

* Calling a taxi if you're intoxicated.

* Reporting drunk drivers you see on the road.

* Wearing your seatbelt.

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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joe knows what?  

Posted: December 6th, 2013 2:24 PM

Ey there umm Joe. How much pocket lining can you do? Unless it's a local ticket the majority of the money stays with the county. A very small percentage comes back to the town and that little bit won't even cover the officer's hourly wage for going to court. This sounds like a grant or some sort of program.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: December 6th, 2013 8:48 AM

How many for failing to stop at a stop sign or stop light? Hold on - let me take a wild guess.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: December 6th, 2013 8:02 AM

with a speed limit of between 25 and 30 mph, seatbelt tickets are just another gotcha tax on motorists. Just like red light cameras, this is one more way that local government lines its pockets at the expense of the people.

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