Lemont police during the month of May joined IDOT's statewide effort to enforce seat belt use and hands-free cell phone use.
From May 9-26, 2014, the department stepped up its patrols, as part of Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization.
During the mobilization, Lemont Police Department conducted two special enforcement details, targeting drivers either not using seat belts or using a cell phone while driving. Lemont Police Department officers issued 30 citations to drivers—and passengers—not buckled up, in addition to 40 citations for drivers using cell phones illegally.
Police also tacked on six arrests for driving under the influence.
“Our officers are out all year long. If you or your passengers, in the front seat or back seat, are caught not wearing a seat belt, day or night, you will be cited for the safety violation,” said Chief Kevin Shaughnessy. “In addition, I urge everyone to stay off your cell phone and remain attentive to driving a vehicle. Distracted driving is very dangerous to everyone on the road."