As summer winds down, the Riverside and North Riverside police department are ramping up its traffic enforcement efforts as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign to crack down on drunken driving.
From Aug. 24 through Sept. 7, police will increase patrols targeting traffic enforcement, particularly watching for signs of impaired driving. Police also said anyone violating the state’s seatbelt law will be ticketed without exception. Local drivers should expect to see more patrol vehicles and roadside safety checks.
In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in drunken-driving crashes in the U.S., almost a third of all traffic fatalities. Thirty-eight percent of crash fatalities — 161 people — on Labor Day weekend that year involved drunk drivers