Joliet police will participate in a statewide effort to increase the use of seat belts and reduce the number of impaired drivers throughout the month of May.
On Monday, Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner announced the department will participate in the effort with the Illinois Department of Transportation, according to a Joliet police news release.
Between May 1 and May 31, Joliet police officers plan to carry out special enforcement efforts that will include concentrated patrols, seat-belt enforcement zones and roadside safety checkpoints throughout the city.
The officers assigned to these details will check for alcohol violations, occupant and child restraint violations,
cellphone use violations and other violations listed under the Illinois Vehicle Code, police said.
“Our primary goal will be to increase compliance with existing traffic laws to ensure safer roadways throughout the city of Joliet for all of our citizens,” Roechner said in a news release.
The police are encouraging drivers and passengers to always wear a seat belt and never use an electronic communication device while driving.
Drivers are also encouraged to not drink and drive.
“These campaigns are possible through traffic safety enforcement grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation,” police said in another news release.
The Illinois Department of Transportation receives federal funds for the grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to promote traffic safety on roadways, according to its website.