The Joliet Police Department, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, will participate in a statewide effort to reduce impaired drivers on our streets before and during July 4. Special enforcement efforts will include a roadside safety checkpoint as well as citywide traffic saturation patrols and seatbelt zones.
“Summer is here, and so is the summer travel season. Often this means more vehicles traveling on our roads and frequently, more traffic crashes. Independence Day weekend can be one of the more dangerous travel times of the year” said Chief Brian Benton. “Too many people die each year due to those who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, so our officers will be out in full force this Independence Day showing zero tolerance for drunk drivers and seat belt law violators.”
Officers assigned to these details will be checking for impaired drivers, occupant/child restraint violations, cell phone violations, as well as other violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
This enforcement campaign is possible through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation and will help to increase enforcement efforts during the Independence Holiday.