The Rolling Meadows Police Department will step up traffic enforcement, focusing particularly on both drunk and unbuckled drivers, during a grant-funded campaign that began Monday and runs through July 6.
The intensified enforcement effort will focus on late-night hours, as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve a drunken driver and/or unbuckled motorist, according to police. The crackdown is part of the statewide, Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket effort.
"Summer is in full force, and so is the summer travel season. All too often, that means more traffic and more traffic crashes and Independence Day can be one of the deadliest summer travel times," said Deputy Police Chief Mark Hogan. "Too many people die each year due to those who choose to drive after drinking, so our officers will be out in full force this Independence Day showing zero tolerance for drunk drivers and belt law violators."
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign that reminds motorists, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket."