Rock Island Police
Department announced its plans for July Fourth traffic
enforcement with a focus on drunk and unbuckled drivers. The crackdown will run
from June 25 through July 8 to encompass the Independence Day holiday, an
all-too-often deadly time on Illinois roads.
“We encourage local residents to celebrate Independence Day
safely,” said Chief Jeff VenHuizen. “If
you’re going to drink, don’t drive. Too many people die behind the wheel each
year because of those who choose to drive impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
Our officers will be out in full force, showing zero tolerance for impaired
will join the Illinois State
Police and more than 150 local police and sheriff’s departments for the increased statewide enforcement
“This Fourth of July, designate a sober driver and don’t let
friends or family members drive drunk,” said Chief VenHuizen. Other important tips include:
Give your designated driver your keys before you
If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or
other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, use your favorite ride-sharing
service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement
by pulling over and dialing 911.
Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat
belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.
The Drive Sober or Get
Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket
campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois
Department of Transportation. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media
campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death”