Orland Park police stepping up patrols, road-side safety checks for the holidays
The Orland Park Police Department said it will be increasing patrols and running road side safety checks over the holidays to keep area drivers safe.
“Now through New Year’s Day, our officers will be out in expanded force watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” Police Chief Tim McCarthy said in a release. “It is vital that we keep our travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day. Motorists who choose to drive impaired will be arrested.”
The increased enforcement efforts are part of a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police, according to the release. In addition to watching for impaired drivers, police will also be checking for seat belt violations. The release also reminded drivers that state law requires all passengers to wear seat belts.
The release noted that more than 300 people died in Illinois in drunken-driving crashes last year, and encouraged those planning to drink during holiday parties to make arrangements. "Plan ahead now. Designate a driver for your holiday celebrations or if you find that you're not able to drive on New Year's Eve, call a friend and arrange for a safe ride home,” McCarthy said. “Just don't get behind the wheel of a car."