River Grove holiday checkpoint yields numerous seatbelt citations

While people enjoyed Fourth of July activities in River Grove, the police were busy making sure it was a safe holiday for everyone.

Funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, the River Grove Police Department was able to pay for extra police officers to look out for drunk drivers and seatbelt violators over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Enforcement activities went on from June 30 to July 6 and included a stationary checkpoint at Thatcher and Grand Avenues on the late afternoon of July 2 and from 10 p.m., July 5 to 2 a.m., July 6.

The grant paid for three police officers to work overtime. A police officer on the street would stand along Grand Avenue or Thatcher Avenue and check to make sure drivers were wearing their seatbelts and obeying traffic laws. The officers also looked for signs of possibly impaired drivers.

River Grove Police Officer Anthony Ikis, who organized the checkpoint operation, said there was only one arrest made for speeding, but the officers did give numerous tickets for people driving without wearing a seatbelt.

“I wish we could have got some DUIs, but we did pretty well for [having] three [officers],” he said.

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