Oak Park and River Forest police to crack down on impaired drivers

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Oak Park and River Forest police will be on the lookout for motorists driving under the influence or not wearing seatbelts in the coming weeks. 

The enforcement period for the "Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" campaigns runs from Dec. 19 through Jan. 1, according to releases from both departments.

Between midnight and 3 a.m., the highest percentage of drivers are operating vehicles under the influence and the lowest percentage are wearing seatbelts, according to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Police are encouraging residents to plan ahead by designating a sober driver, make sure passengers are buckled up and report impaired drivers to law enforcement.

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Gary S from River Forest  

Posted: December 14th, 2011 5:43 PM

I think I figured out how someone can get out of trouble if they are stopped during the times stated in the article. If you are pulled over and think you might be impaired b/c your seat belt is around your fore head acting as a sweat band just set the hands on your watch to 4:00AM and tell the police authority that they can't stop you since they are one hour past the designated time. I usually charge $125.00 per hour to represent youts in Maybrook but b/c it is the holidays the price is $155.00

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