The Elwood Police Department’s additional traffic enforcement over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday yielded 32 traffic stops, 16 seatbelt tickets, four uninsured vehicles and 11 tickets for various other traffic safety violations.
The department said its mission was to remind motorists to drive sober and buckle up as part of a statewide campaign about drinking and driving. Illinois State Police and other local law enforcement were also participating during St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
The Elwood police dedicated 19 hours to the campaign over the weekend, according to a department news release.
In addition to the 30 or so tickets, officers issued six warnings while conducting roadside interviews for drunken drivers.
“Our officers are committed year-round,” Elwood Police Chief Fred Hayes said. “If you drive impaired or unbuckled, you will be cited or arrested.”
The department also said it was “fortunately” reporting there were no traffic arrests made or serious crashes within the village over that weekend.