Riverside conducts First Ave. roadblock Sept. 24

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In a joint law enforcement effort, police from three agencies will conduct a random roadside safety check along First Avenue during the evening of Friday, Sept. 24-25 between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., according to Sgt. Frank Lara.

Officers from Riverside Police, Cook County Sheriff's Police and Cook County Forest Preserve Police are jointly conducting the effort. During the safety check, vehicles passing through the checkpoint will be stopped randomly based on the flow of traffic. Officers will check drivers for proper licensing, registration and whether they are impaired. All vehicles will then be checked for equipment and other violations.

A grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation will pay overtime for Riverside officers during the enforcement check. Riverside Police Department received authorization from IDOT to conduct an extra law enforcement phase of a $28,000 grant Riverside received in 2004.

Police will be thorough when it comes to seat belt compliance, child safety seat compliance and DUI enforcement. In Illinois in 2004, there were 604 alcohol-related fatalities, of the 1356 total fatalities recorded.

These random roadside safety checks are conducted by police as part of a joint effort to promote safe driving.

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