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Joliet police to boost patrols in August to increase traffic safety

Police Chief: 'Choose to ensure you, your family and your community are safe.'

Joliet Police Department, 150 W. Washington St., Joliet.
Joliet Police Department, 150 W. Washington St., Joliet.

The Joliet Police Department will work to increase seatbelt use and reduce the number of impaired drivers throughout August.

From Aug. 7 through Aug. 29, special additional enforcement efforts from the Joliet police will include concentrated patrols of seatbelt and alcohol-related violations, according to a news release.

There will be seatbelt enforcement zones, speeding enforcement and roadside safety checkpoints throughout the city in August, police said.

“It’s just not worth it to drive after drinking, don’t be a statistic,” Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner said in a statement. “Choose to ensure you, your family and your community are safe.”

The Joliet Police Department will partner with the Illinois Department of Transportation in the monthlong effort to reduce impaired driving and increase seatbelt use. IDOT provides grants for traffic safety enforcement.

Officers assigned to the special details will check for alcohol violations, occupant and child restraint violations, cellphone use violations and other violations listed under the Illinois Vehicle Code.

“Drivers and passengers are encouraged to always wear a sealtbelt, never use an electronic communication device while driving, and not drink and drive,” police said in a news release.

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