Courtesy Chief Tom Weitzel

This Memorial Day campaign was designed to lower motor vehicle fatalities due to not buckling up or driving while under the influence. Riverside joined forces with other state and local law enforcement, throughout Illinois in participating in this statewide effort that ran from May 10 through Memorial Day. The crackdown campaign featured high-visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities, a strategic media campaign and additional enforcement activity.

“Riverside Police made eight DUI arrests and 10 other significant arrests, most after midnight, while conducting the most recent Memorial Day campaign of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket, “said Sergeant Leo Kotor.

Extra emphasis was given to late-night hours 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. when statistics show the highest number of motorists drink and drive and the fewest buckle up.

This law enforcement crackdown was funded by a federal traffic safety grant through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety and is part of the statewide “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns. The results of the mobilization are listed below.

Riverside Police issued citations for: Safety belts 30 (citations)
Suspended/revoked licenses 10 (arrests)
Uninsured motorists 26 (citations)
Speeding 56 (citations)

Riverside Police also made: Drug arrest 1 (arrest)
DUI arrests 8 (arrest)
Felony arrest 1 (arrest)