River Forest police to target speeders, drunk drivers over Thanksgiving

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Starting Thursday, a grant provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation will allow the River Forest Police Department to participate in the Thanksgiving Holiday Safety Campaign.

Thanks to IDOT funding, police are able to hire back police officers on overtime to enforce state and local statutes like speeding, driving under the influence, safety belt use and other aggressive driving behaviors. The campaign runs from Nov. 17 to Nov. 27 and will be conducted primarily from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to a press release from the department.

Interim police chief Gregory Weiss said in the release that statistics show the behaviors police will be addressing are the leading causes of injuries and deaths on roadways.

"Motorists should expect to receive a traffic ticket if stopped for a violation, and to be arrested if they are found to be driving under the influence," he said.

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Q from Oak Park  

Posted: November 19th, 2011 12:10 PM

OP Guy, take responsibility for your own bike.

op guy  

Posted: November 18th, 2011 11:14 PM

I dont care about the drunk drivers - move all the police to oak park and stop the guys form stealing my bike and selling it on the west side

Yes from Oak Park  

Posted: November 18th, 2011 3:42 PM

OK, those are over looked minor details that reporters don't waste time on anymore unless they are expected to get their reporting correct, which is not something today's youth like to waste time on. Just grab and go. Their lives are much more complicated with text and such, and electronic companies have convinced them their lives are filled with busy, busy, busy.

Info  

Posted: November 17th, 2011 1:20 PM

just remember that IF you DO get arrested for any of the traffic violations that there are PLENTY of qualified RF attorneys that are well connected in Cook County to help you out. LoL

Speeders  

Posted: November 17th, 2011 7:06 AM

RF Police can start by targeting and ticketing speeding and texting drivers on Thatcher by Dominican. Too much speed - accidents waiting to happen.

ok  

Posted: November 16th, 2011 8:41 PM

The article states that Police Chief Weiss is the "interim" Chief. Police Chief Weiss is not the interim police chief. He was appointed to the position of Police Chief on May 23, 2011.

Hoopley Doo  

Posted: November 16th, 2011 2:31 PM

I think you meant IDIOT funding.

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