GURNEE, IL - April 1, 2009 - Gurnee, IL –
Beginning April 1st and running through April 12th, the Gurnee Police Department will be conducting special
enforcement throughout the village, with an emphasis on impaired driving, seat belt use, and speeding violations.
This enforcement effort coincides with Alcohol Awareness Month and the ramping up of construction projects that
have remained dormant for much of the winter.
Funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, these enforcement actions are being conducted in order to remove drunk and drugged
drivers from the roadways, increase safety belt use, and curb speeding motorists.
With the road work projects taking place within the village, speeding violations in
construction zones can have tragic consequences. Motorists are reminded to be mindful of speed restrictions in
construction zones, particularly when workers are present. We would like to also stress the importance of
complying with work zone speed limits even when workers are not present because of the dangers posed by features
such as narrow lanes, lane jogs, reduced shoulder width, obstructions and drop-offs.
First-time work zone speeders can receive a fine of $375. Two-time offenders are subject to
a $1,000 fine and the loss of their license for 90 days. In addition, drivers who hit a worker are subject for up
to a $10,000 fine and 14 years in prison.