Illinois police will crack down on 4 types of driving violations this 4th of July

Here's your annual warning from police before the 4th of July weekend – don't drink and drive, you'll regret it

July 01, 2019 - 2:15 pm

(KFTK/AP) - The Illinois Department of Transportation, State Police and law enforcement agencies are teaming up to prevent alcohol- and drug-related crashes and fatalities through a ramped-up enforcement period that runs through July 8.

State Police and more than 160 local police and sheriff's departments will step up efforts to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities through roadside safety checks, impaired driving patrols and seat-belt enforcement zones.

Acting State Police Director Brendan Kelly says troopers will focus on identifying the four major violations that lead to fatal crashes: speeding, driving under the influence, failing to wear a properly adjusted seat belt and distracted driving.

The heightened enforcement coincides with IDOT's efforts to drive down traffic injuries and fatalities through its Life or Death public safety campaign featuring true stories of Illinois residents killed in crashes. 

Rockford adopts new anti-fireworks law

The city of Rockford has new fireworks laws in force starting this Fourth of July holiday.

The Rockford Register Star reports that the Rockford City Council approved the ordinances, saying illegal fireworks disrupt neighborhoods, harm veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and scare pets. The new laws made fireworks a nuisance use of property. That means tenants and landlords can be held responsible if they let their property be used to shoot fireworks. Fines range from $50 to $750.

The new ordinances also take rules previously buried in the city fire code and gives them their own law.

City Legal Director Nicholas Meyer says the intent is to let citizens know the city is ``going to take the steps necessary to enforce the ordinance if it continues to be a problem.''

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