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Police Net 200 Citations during Labor Day Stretch

Police warned drivers to buckle up over the Labor Day holiday—and they weren't kidding. Officers cracked down on violators, issuing more than 200 tickets in 160 hours of concentrated traffic enforcement.

The Oak Forest Police Department conducted 160 hours of seatbelt enforcement during the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket Labor Day crackdown from August 17 to September 3.

Police officers issued 217 seat belt citations—110 of which were written during nighttime hours.

The crackdown, which featured high-visibility enforcement and numerous outreach activities focused on late-night hours when statistics show the highest number of motorists drink and drive, and the fewest motorists buckle up.  It was funded by federal traffic safety grants through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety.  

 

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Tom S September 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Maybe the city can use that citation money to offset the water rate...$7.54/1000g plus a $15 kicker.
Tired of the B.S. September 21, 2012 at 04:17 PM
217 tickets in 160 hours works out to 1.36 tickets per hour. How much did it cost taxpayers for all that extra enforcement? Even if the money to pay for this came from a grant, it still seems like a waste to me. The grant was still taxpayer money that could have been put to better use.
Bob Laird September 22, 2012 at 08:00 PM
How much did it cost taxpayers? How much is it worth to you to keep one of your family alive? Whether they are the victim or the drunk, if the cops can get them off the street beforehand then it's worth every penny.
Tom S September 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Article didn't mention any DUI citations.
FIGHT THE LAW September 30, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Was the biggest waste of time ever.

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