ELMHURST – The Elmhurst Police Department will conduct additional enforcement of safe driving in a grant-funded campaign from Nov. 16 to Nov. 26 in Elmhurst.
The police department will conduct the campaign as part of its receipt of a year-long traffic enforcement grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation that has a goal of saving lives by reducing fatal and serious injury crashes through additional enforcement of driving under the influence of alcohol and seatbelt laws, according to an Elmhurst Police Department news release.
Police departments across the country frequently see an increase in impaired driving over the Thanksgiving holiday period, the release stated.
The IDOT traffic safety grant allows extra officers to be on patrol watching for impaired drivers, seatbelt violations and distracted drivers who are using their cell phones while driving, according to the release. Extra enforcement will be taking place at all hours, with a specific focus on the overnight hours, the release stated. Additional officers will be on duty during the grant period in an effort to keep Elmhurst roadways safe, according to the release.
Motorists are always encouraged to drive carefully, to buckle up, and not to drink and drive, the release stated. Motorists who are planning to consume alcohol should make alternate driving arrangements, and citizens are also encouraged to contact police immediately if they see a vehicle that appears to be driven by an intoxicated driver, according to the release.