The Palos Park Police Department will join hundreds of other local departments in ramped up efforts to enforce seatbelt use and sober driving through the Memorial Day holiday.
Palos Park’s enforcement activities will include numerous seatbelt enforcement zones, impaired driving saturation patrols, and roving checkpoints.
Palos Park officers working the campaigns will pinpoint and cite motorists who choose to drive without using their safety belts, are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or are committing other traffic-related offenses.
Seatbelt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, according to the release. Research has shown that when seatbelts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent, according to the release.
Palos Park Police urge anyone who sees a dangerous or possibly impaired driver to dial 911.
Visit www.buckleupillinois.org for information about the “Click It or Ticket” and the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” programs.