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Police Plan July 4th Roadside Safety Checks

The Algonquin Police Department will partner with Illinois State Police to conduct a roadside safety check June 29.

Area police will be conducting road safety checks in coming days with the hopes of keeping drunken drivers off the road over the holiday weekend.

The Illinois State Police along with the Algonquin Police Department will conduct a joint roadside safety check in Algonquin the evening of June 29.

Officers will be watching for drivers who are driving under the influence, transporting open alcoholic beverages, operating unsafe vehicles and driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license, according to an Algonquin Police Department press release.

In addition, the Illinois State Police District 15 will conduct a roadside safety check on Interstate 90 and Route 31 over the Fourth of July.

State police Capt. Joe Perez said officers will conduct the safety check from 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, to 4 a.m., Wednesday, July 4.

Officers are looking for drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages or driving under the influence, Perez said.

Alcohol and drug impairment are significant factors in more than 40 percent of all fatal vehicle crashes in Illinois. Roadside safety checks are designed to keep roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.

Bob June 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM
When did Algonquin become a constitution-free zone like airports and the US border near Mexico?
Dennis June 29, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I hate to leave a comment, I don't want to look like I agree with the other two. I had a father and two brother that abused alcohol! One brother died at 55 because his body could not take it anymore, this after being sober for ten years. The other brother died at 28 in an accident that was alcohol related. Read the police reports sometime, one of those suckers that gets nailed could have killed you. Don't talk Constitution without CAPITAL C! This is not about airports and the USA Border with an illegal country that does not even try to stop it's people from leaving, it is part of their GNP to have their people come here and work without paying taxes and sending a large portion home.. That is a different issue than drunk drivers, although being so far from home that is what they do day after day ~~~ drink and party in public. It is NOT about revenue! It is about saving lives and preventing death. Libations = stoned out of your mind to some.
zen June 29, 2012 at 05:44 PM
That's fine Dennis, but however you look at it the law is supposed to protect people. Police are not supposed to stop nor harass law-abiding citizens. Until very recently the law of the land says that you can only be stopped and questioned if you have done something wrong. Most people do not abuse drugs and are more in danger of losing basic liberties than being stoned out of their mind. Of course it is very sad and unnecessary for casualties due to drunk-driving. If you know someone who has a problem, it is your responsibility to stop them from driving drunk and get them the help they need. If we took responsibility for ourselves, and those close to us, police would have a lot less work to do and we would all be the better for it.
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LOU PLATEK June 29, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Maybe these folks feel threatened by police? Doing a road side safety check. Car jacking Or Road rage? Drunks Guns Dope...Dopers? And I should fear the cops? Or A loss of civil rights We lost a co worker at the casino, in. Elgin Due to a D.U.I. guy Road side checks? More of these ....PLEASE
LOU PLATEK June 29, 2012 at 11:28 PM
MORE ROAD SIDE CHECKS SAVES LIVES
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YES
Ben Hard August 25, 2012 at 05:54 AM
I feel these safety checks are harrassment! The police should be doing there job out on the roadway. Stopping everyone? There are so many people every day day that cannot drive well and noone stops them. Protect the people. Not fishing. Do your job!
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