CALUMET CITY | Calumet City police will conduct a traffic enforcement for the July 4 holiday focusing on both drunken and unbuckled drivers, according to a news release.
The traffic enforcement will be conducted during late-night hours, as statistics show a disproportionate number of traffic deaths occur late at night and involve a drunken driver and/or unbuckled motorist.
The statewide enforcement will be from June 28 through July 7.
"Year in and year out, Independence Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to an increase in drunk-driving fatalities," Calumet City Police Chief Ed Gilmore said. "Too many people die each year due to those who chose to drive after drinking, so our officers will be out in full force this Fourth of July showing zero tolerance for drunk drivers and belt law violators."
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety.