If you’re traveling through Riverside or North Riverside during the next couple of weeks, be aware that the police departments in both of those village are conducting extra traffic patrols in order to crack down motorists not wearing seatbelts and on drunken driving.

During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2014, there were 341 people killed in traffic crashes across the nation, and 50 percent of those were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

From Nov. 14 to Nov. 28, the North Riverside and Riverside police departments will be conducting saturation patrols and seatbelt enforcement zones, with an emphasis on speeding and seatbelt violations and removing impaired drivers from the roadway.

The extra patrols are funded via a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation as part of the agency’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket initiatives.”