DuPage County Holiday Traffic Safety Enforcement Initiatives

Among cities in DuPage County that have conducted holiday period enforcement initiatives are Naperville and Elmhurst.  Typically, these special enforcement efforts are made around holidays as drunken driving, and the accompanying accidents, tend to be more frequent on and around holidays.  The traffic safety initiatives also focus on other goals such as enforcing occupants’ wearing of seat belts as well as watching for distracted driving.

Elmhurst announced a holiday safety campaign; that campaign is discussed in the December 26, 2017 mysuburbanlife.com article titled “Elmhurst police to conduct roadside safety checkpoint.”

The Naperville Patch article of January 3, 2018, titled “Naperville Arrest Totals For Holiday DUI Enforcement Period” discusses statistics from the Naperville Police Department’s special enforcement efforts.  As seen in the article, there were three arrests for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Also, as stated in the Patch article:

Over the enforcement period, police issued 30 citations for not wearing seat belts, 10 for speeding, three for uninsured motorists and one for a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

With regard to driving under the influence of drugs (also referred to as “drugged driving”) it has been increasing in the Chicago area and now has become a substantial traffic safety issue.  The topic is further discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.

An excerpt from that page:

Common drugs that have been used in Chicago-area “drugged driving” include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and meth.  In addition to these drugs, the National Institute of Health (NIH) lists many different types of abused drugs, which may cause significant impairment.  As seen on the “Commonly Abused Drug Charts” page, other such drugs include DMT, GHB, hallucinogens, inhalants, Khat, LSD, MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly) and Bath Salts.

Different drugs can cause different types and levels of driver impairment.  As seen in the NIH “Drugged Driving” page, it can be seen that the effect of cocaine use is different than that of marijuana.

Additional details regarding the DuPage County traffic safety initiatives and related issues can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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