Sycamore Police Department to increase traffic enforcement for Fourth of July

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Police Department announced its plans for Fourth of July traffic enforcement with a focus on impaired and unbuckled drivers.

The safety campaign runs through July 6 to encompass the three weekends leading up to and following the Independence Day holiday, one of the deadliest times on Illinois roads.

The Sycamore Police Department will join the Illinois State Police and more than 200 police and sheriff’s departments for the increased statewide enforcement effort.

“We want all of our residents and visitors to have an enjoyable and safe holiday,” Sycamore Police Sgt. Joseph Meeks said in a news release. “Remember - if you’re going to drink or use other impairing substances, don’t drive. We will be stepping up patrols to keep impaired drivers off the roads and ensure everyone makes it home from their celebrations.”

Tips the police department gives to keep Fourth of July celebrations safe include: planning ahead by designating a sober driver and giving your designated driver your keys before you go out, not driving distracted, always making sure you and everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt, pull over safely and call 911 when you see an impaired driver, and take ride share services, public transportation or ask a friend or family member for a ride if impaired.

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 campaign runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences.

For more information, contact Sgt. Meeks at 815-895-3435.

Katrina J.E. Milton

Award-winning reporter and photographer for Shaw Media publications, including The Daily Chronicle and The MidWeek newspapers in DeKalb County, Illinois, since 2012.