And they will be watching to see who gets behind the wheel.
- POLICE & FIRE
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Elmhurst police are again taking part in a grant program provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes. Additional enforcement of DUI and seatbelt laws will be pursued during the overnight hours. The most recent phase of this campaign began on Monday, Nov. 12, and continue through Sunday, Nov. 25. This grant allows extra officers to be on patrol looking for impaired drivers and seatbelt violations. The extra officers will focus on the hours between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., which are the most dangerous times on Illinois roadways. An extra emphasis will be placed on the Thanksgiving weekend, specifically the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. Motorists are encouraged to drive safely and to always …
Texting while driving will cost you, one way or another.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,092 people were killed in 2010 and more than 416,000 were injured in traffic crashes involving a distracted driver. Statistics also show inexperienced drivers under age 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, and any driver who texts while driving is more than four times likely to get in a crash serious enough to cause injury. At Monday's City Council meeting, Elmhurst Mayor Peter DiCianni proclaimed Sept. 19 No Text on Board Pledge Day in the city, and encouraged all drivers to take the pledge to never text and drive again. "Texting is becoming more of an issue in our community," DiCianni said at the meeting. "It impairs drivers to the point of…