Orland Park Police Increase DUI and Seat Belt Patrols During the Busy Holiday Season

Orland Park Police Increase DUI and Seat Belt Patrols During the Busy Holiday Season
Posted on 12/15/2017

"The village's police department will increase their patrol units to monitor for alcohol and drug-impaired drivers now until the New Year," said Village Trustee Pat Gira, newly named chair to the village's Public Safety Committee. "The goal is always to keep drivers and passengers safe, and to ensure all drivers are wearing safety belts."

Officers will also be conducting several road side safety checks for seat belt violations. Illinois law states that all passengers must wear a seat belt, regardless of where someone is seated in the vehicle.

"Now through New Year's Day, our officers will be out in expanded force watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "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 holidays are a special time, full of excitement and endless festivities. Too often, these celebrations bring higher numbers of impaired drivers to the roads, endangering other motorists. Drunk and drug-impaired driving is deadly. Last year, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States. Of those killed, 315 people died in drunk-driving crashes in Illinois.

"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."

Impaired driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver's licenses, are charged higher insurance rates and pay unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing, repairs and lost wages. The ultimate cost of impaired driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills. Those who feel they are too impaired to drive are urged to call a friend or arrange a ride through a cab or a ride share app.