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Buckle Up, Oak Forest

Police will step up seat belt and child restraint checks this holiday season.

As usual, you'll want to buckle up—yourselves and the kids—before taking to Oak Forest streets. 

Throughout November, Oak Forest police will be watching for seat belt and child restraint violations. 

“We want everyone to have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday,” said Deputy Chief Dominic D’Ambrosio.  “That’s why we’re stepping up our patrols and encouraging people to buckle up while traveling for the holidays.”  

Unlike previous campaigns that were paid for in full by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this campaign will be partially funded by the City of Oak Forest.   

“Unfortunately, those state and federal agencies had to make some tough budgetary decisions,” said Mayor Hank Kuspa.  

“We decided to make up the difference because we feel it is important to have extra officers on the streets during the holidays when more people are traveling through town. It will give us additional peace of mind knowing there are extra boots on the ground looking out for our community.”  

The holiday enforcement campaign is the first in a six-part program to promote traffic safety by conducting saturation patrols in pre-assigned areas.  The STEP grant includes other holidays, such as Christmas/New Years, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

 

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Michael M. November 16, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Glad to see we have boots on the ground to give tickets for seat belt violations. We wouldn't want to have those boots at Heritage Park stopping the drug dealing.
FergLi November 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I have often seen that during a routine stop for seat belts or other violations it gives the office an opportunity to check out other things and it turns into an arrest for theft, drugs, etc.
Tired of the B.S. November 16, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I have often seen, in other countries, the police randomly stopping vehicles at a roadblock. Thank God that we live in America and our Constitution protects us from this kind of thing. If we didn't, we could end up living in a police state.
Michael M. November 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I understand that, but it does not solve the problem AT the park. Someone has to be at the park, not hope they get stopped later for a traffic violation.
Football Fan November 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
We need the extra revenue to pay for the pond behind the mayors house.

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