In an effort to keep roadways safe, the Palatine Police Department plans increase patrol and get more aggressive Labor Day weekend.
From Aug. 17 through Sept. 3, the Palatine Police Department is will participate in the Labor Day Holiday Traffic Safety Crackdown.
With grant money from the Illinois Department of Transportation, the police department will be out in full force. Officers will saturate the streets of Palatine, on the lookout for people who drive impaired, recklessly, and/or fail to wear safety belts.
According to the Palatine Police Department, those are greatest contributing factors in serious injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes throughout Illinois.
In addition to saturation patrols, to kick-off the campaign the Palatine Police Department will conduct a Roadside Safety Check on Friday night Aug. 17.
The safety check will take place in the area around Algonquin and Roselle Roads, starting in the late evening and going through the early morning hours. Midnight to 3 a.m. is the deadliest time on Illinois roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that three-hour time span also has the lowest seatbelt use involving motor vehicle deaths.
The police department asks anyone who sees erratic or impaired driving, to please call 9-1-1.