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Sheriff's office planning Joliet roadside safety check

Karen Sorensen | 8/27/2015, 11:19 a.m.
Deputies will be looking for people who are driving under the influence or breaking other laws involving seat belts, driver's ...
A roadside safety check will be conducted by the Will County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 5 to ensure drivers are complying with state law on such issues as driver's licenses, seat belt usage and drunk driving.

The Will County Sheriff's Office roadside safety check will be conducted at the intersection of Plainfield and Caton Farm roads in Joliet.

The Will County Sheriff's Office roadside safety check will be conducted at the intersection of Plainfield and Caton Farm roads in Joliet.

The Will County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a roadside safety check from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at U.S. 30/Plainfield Road and Caton Farm Road in Joliet.

Deputies will be checking to ensure motorists are in compliance with state laws on on seat belts, vehicle equipment, driver's licenses and other regulations.

The effort is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which is being done in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Illinois Department of Transportation. It's aimed at curbing drunk and drugged driving and to saving lives.

The Will County check as well as stepped-up enforcement that's under way through Sept. 7 are being funded by federal traffic safety funds provided through IDOT, the sheriff's office said.

More than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in the U.S. in 2013, and 38 percent of those that occurred on Labor Day weekend involved drunk drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher, according to statistics provided by the sheriff's office.

"Too many people think their actions don't affect anyone else," sheriff's Sgt. Vince Gambino. "They know it's illegal. They know it's wrong. But they do it anyway. They make decisions as if those statistics just cannot happen to them."