Police looking for unbuckled, impaired drivers

Oak Park Police have stepped up traffic enforcement during late-night hours, targeting seat belt violations and drivers under the influence. Police say the intensified enforcement effort, set to continue through Jan. 1, will include roadside safety checks and safety belt enforcement zones. The goal, police say, is to target the violations that represent a disproportionate number of traffic deaths during late-night hours. The law enforcement crackdown runs concurrently with the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket programs. For more information visit www.buckleupillinois.org.

Warming centers open if needed

Anyone needing relief from the cold can visit a local warming center, including Village Hall, 123 Madison St. West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Court, is open from 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., and Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Ave. from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Both hospitals are open seven days a week and hours may be extended when weather conditions warrant. Village Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To find out if the warming center is open after hours, call West Suburban Hospital at 708.383.6200, Rush Oak Park Hospital at 708.660.2211 or Village Hall at 708.383.6400. If transportation is needed, call the Oak Park Police Department’s non-emergency number 708.386.3800..

Forecast key to planning parking when it snows

The Village has specific rules that govern parking when it snows — rules that are enforced seven days a week, including holidays. Residents are urged to monitor local forecasts and plan accordingly. When a snow emergency is declared by the Public Works Department, all parking is prohibited on the main streets posted as snow routes. Parking on other streets is restricted to one side from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. in residential areas and from midnight to 8 a.m. in designated commercial districts, the side determined by the odd/even date. To find out if snow-related parking restrictions are in effect, call 708.358.SNOW (708.358.7669) for a recorded message. Cable television subscribers can tune into VOP-TV, broadcast on Comcast channel 6 and AT&T channel 99. The snow emergency parking rules and a list of frequently asked questions are posted at www.oak-park.us/snow.

Sidewalk shoveling required

Property owners who shovel their sidewalks are doing more than making it safer for pedestrians of all ages, they are complying with the law. Village ordinance requires snow and ice to be removed from the public sidewalk within 24 hours following any snow, sleet or freezing rain. Being a good neighbor is important, too, so property owners are urged to assist those who may need help clearing a sidewalk. For more information on the shoveling requirement or help resources, call 708.358.5700 or e-mail publicworks@oakpark.us.

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