Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner announced this week his department, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, will participate in a statewide effort to increase seat belt usage and reduce the number of impaired drivers this month.
Police will conduct enforcement efforts through Sept. 30, including alcohol and seat belt patrols, seat belt enforcement zones and safety checkpoints, according to a news release.
Officers assigned to these details will be checking for alcohol violations, occupant and child restraint violations, cell phone usage violations and other violations of state traffic law.
“Our primary goal will be to increase enforcement throughout the city of Joliet,” Roechner said. “This overall enforcement will save lives.”
Drivers and passengers are encouraged to always wear a seat belt, never use an electronic communication device and to not drink and drive.
These campaigns are made possible through grants from IDOT.