Riverside and North Riverside Police Departments conducted a roadside Safety/DUI checkpoint on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at Harlem and Ogden avenues as well as 26th Street and Harlem Avenue between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.

According to police, the checkpoints were placed in locations that have the most opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving prevention and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs continues to be significant in Cook County. Safety checkpoints provide beneficial methods to remove impaired drivers from our roadways,” said Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel.

During the operation police reported the following:

  • 355 vehicles screened (total-both locations)
  • 4 open/transportation alcohol citations issued
  • 2 DUI suspects arrested (DUI)
  • 1 suspect arrested for illegal drugs (cannabis)
  • 21 drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked and DUI
  • 1 felony revoked driver’s license arrest (prior DUI conviction)
  • 77 citations issued

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Submitted by the Riverside and North Riverside police departments.