Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner announced today that the Joliet Police Department, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, will participate in a statewide effort to increase seatbelt usage and reduce the number of impaired drivers the month of November. From November 8th through November 16th, special additional enforcement efforts will include alcohol/seat belt saturation patrols, seatbelt enforcement zones, and roadside safety checkpoints throughout the city. Officers assigned to these details will be checking for alcohol violations, occupant and child restraint violations, cell phone usage violations, and other violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code. According to Chief Al Roechner; “It’s just not worth it to drive after drinking; don’t be a statistic. Choose to ensure you, your family, and your community are safe.” Drivers and passengers are encouraged to always wear a seatbelt, never use an electronic communication device while driving, and not drink and drive. These campaigns are possible through traffic safety enforcement grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation.