By Bob Uphues
The North Riverside and Riverside police departments have begun stepping up traffic enforcement patrols as Labor Day approaches as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation's grant-funded Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign to combat impaired driving.
The traffic crackdown started Aug. 16 and will run through the early morning hours of Sept. 3. Additional traffic-only enforcement patrols will focus on drunk, unbuckled and distracted drivers.
"Our goal is to help ensure that our community's residents and visitors make it home safely after the party ends," said North Riverside Deputy Police Chief Christian Ehrenberg in a press release. "If you'll be celebrating, we urge you to plan ahead for a sober ride."
The Drive Sober or get Pulled Over campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds that are administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation. The grants pay for police officers' salary and overtime spent solely on added traffic enforcement patrols.