Special traffic safety campaigns by St. Charles and Campton Hills police netted a total of seven driving under the influence arrests in the weeks leading up to Memorial Day, the departments announced this week in news releases.
The 18-day enforcement period was done in cooperation with and funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation. It was part of a statewide program to reduce the number of traffic fatalities.
In St. Charles, officers charged five motorists with DUI and issued these citations: 20 for safety-belt violations, three for driving with suspended or revoked licenses, five for driving without insurance, 18 for speeding and 18 for other violations.
Additionally, St. Charles police gave 34 warnings. Meanwhile, Campton Hills police charged two with DUI, issued 76 speeding tickets and cited two with seat-belt violations.
"Though our officers were out with intent on enforcing seat-belt laws, very few violators were found," Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman said in a written statement. "I want to thank the local motoring public for their compliance with the seat-belt laws."
The campaign ended Monday, but Hoffman said that is no excuse for motorists to stop using seat belts.
"Our officers are out all year long," he said. "If you or your passengers, in the front seat or back seat, are caught not wearing a seat belt, day or night, you will be cited for the safety violation."
Visit www.buckleupillinois.org for information about the Illinois "Click It or Ticket" efforts.