OREGON -— The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office conducted traffic enforcement detail from Nov. 16–26, geared at reminding motorists to buckle up and not drive impaired.
The enforcement was part of the nationwide Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over effort.
“The sheriff’s office joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce highway deaths by issuing citations to unbuckled motorists and arresting impaired drivers,” Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said. “During the 10-day mobilization, deputies issued 122 citations.
VanVickle released the following ticket and arrest stats related to the program:
• 51 speeding citations
• 30 basic traffic offense citations
• 11 uninsured motorist citations
• 8 drug arrests
• 7 seat belt citations
• 6 suspended/revoked license arrests
• 6 distracted driving (cell phone) citations
• 3 DUI arrests
• 1 felony arrest
As a part of the enforcement period, deputies logged 28 hours of additional traffic patrol which was funded by a grant received from the Illinois Department of Transporation. . Of the above citations, 28 citations were issued during the extra patrol time.
“The annual campaign may be over in Ogle County, but that isn’t an excuse to stop buckling up,” VanVickle added. “Not wearing your seat belt is a primary offense, meaning law enforcement can stop you and issue a citation for that alone. All vehicle occupants, regardless of seating position, are required to wear a properly adjusted seat belt.”