For Immediate Release
Monday, May 23, 2022
For Information Contact:
Commander James Gandy (630) 530-3050
Elmhurst Police Announce Extra Traffic Enforcement
The Elmhurst Police Department continues to take part in a year-long traffic enforcement grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The goal of this grant is to save lives by reducing fatal and serious injury crashes through additional enforcement of DUI, seatbelt, and distracted driving laws.
This grant allows extra officers to be on patrol looking for impaired drivers, seatbelt violations, and distracted drivers. The majority of this enforcement will take place during overnight hours, which is statistically the most dangerous time to be on roadways. The next campaign for this grant coincides with Memorial Day. Additional officers have been on duty starting May 13th and continuing through the Memorial Day Weekend.
On Friday, May 27, at 9:00 PM through Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 3:00 AM, a roadside safety check with systematic stopping of vehicles will take place on a major roadway in Elmhurst. By using this legally approved traffic safety strategy, the Elmhurst Police hope to encourage drivers who have consumed alcoholic beverages beyond the legal limit of .08 blood alcohol concentration to seek alternate methods of transportation since their chances of being arrested for DUI will greatly increase.
Motorists are encouraged to drive safely and to always buckle up. Motorists who are planning on drinking should make alternate driving arrangements. People are also encouraged to contact police if they see a vehicle that appears to be driven by an intoxicated driver.
The enforcement campaign is supported through federal funds administered by IDOT.