Police will buckle down on drunk driving over holiday weekend

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The Oak Park Police Department will have an increased number of patrol vehicles on the road over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The officers will be actively looking for impaired or unbuckled drivers, according to a statement from the village.

“Independence Day is one of the deadliest holidays of the year because of those who choose to drive while impaired,” said Oak Park Deputy Chief Anthony Ambrose. “Oak Park Police officers will be out in force during the July 4th holiday period and they will have zero tolerance for impaired drivers and motorists who aren’t wearing seat belts.”

While we all want to celebrate the birth of our nation, it’s important to remember the following tips provided by the Oak Park PD:

  • Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
  • If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt – it’s not only state law, but the best defense against a drunk driver.

For more information on traffic safety in the village, send an email to police@oak-park.us.

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