By Bob Uphues
Police in North Riverside and Riverside are adding special traffic enforcement patrols through Sept. 4 as the department's participate in Illinois "Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over" crackdown on impaired driving through Labor Day weekend.
The additional patrols are funded through federal grants administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation.
In addition, Riverside police will be joining a statewide initiative called "Saturation Saturday" with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk and drugged driving by increasing enforcement to remove those drivers from the roadways.
"If you are going to drink, don't drive," said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in a press release. "Too many people die behind the wheel each year because someone chose to drive impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Our officers will show zero tolerance with DUI, alcohol-related traffic offenses and failure to wear a seatbelt."