On Saturday, September 27th from 10am to 2pm the Will County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. A disposal receptacle will be available for drop off in the parking lot of the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson Street, in downtown Joliet. No needles of any kind will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous.
During last year's National Take Back Day, Americans turned in over 220 tons of prescription drugs at the 5,653 sites across the nation. This initiative is operated by the DEA and is in partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies. It addresses vital public safety and public health issues. Medicines that languish in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. Additionally, Americans are now advised that their usual methods of disposing of unused medications, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, should be eliminated due to potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about National Take Back Day, please visit:
www.dea.gov or call 1-800-882-9539
Other sites participating in the medication disposal initiative are:
Bolingbrook Police at 375 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook
Mokena Police at 10907 Front Street in Mokena
Orland Park Police at 15100 S. Ravinia Avenue and/or 10500 Orland Parkway in Orland Park
Plainfield Police at 14300 S. Coil Plus Drive in Plainfield
The Will County Sheriff's Office made four (4) impaired driving arrests and issued eleven (11) safety belt citations along with 20 no-insurance, 8 no valid/suspended drivers license, 5 no hands-free device violations, 1 no child safety seat, 52 speeding, 1 illegal transportation of alcohol, 6 improper lane usage, 11 miscellaneous moving violations, and 26 miscellaneous non-moving violations during the recent Labor Day impaired driving crackdown. Four of the impaired driving arrests were made after midnight and eleven of safety belt citations were issued after 9pm.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this nationwide effort to save lives by getting impaired drivers off our roads and more people buckled up during late night hours. Extra emphasis was given to the late night hours when statistics show the most people drink and drive and the fewest buckle up.
The Will County Sheriff's Office joined forces with other state and local law enforcement and highway safety partners in conducting the crackdown campaign featuring high visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities including paid advertising and over $1 million in additional police activity.
The crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT's Division of Transportation Safety and is part of the statewide "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. -end-
With support from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Operation Lifesaver, and the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association, the State of Illinois has declared September 14th thru 20th of 2014 as Illinois Rail Safety Week. The State of Illinois is dedicated to public education and awareness to end collisions, deaths and injuries at places where roadways cross train tracks, and on railroad rights of way.
To accomplish this, the three "E's" will be promoted: "Education" - Increase public awareness about dangers; "Engineering" - Promote engineering research; and "Enforcement" - Conduct active enforcement of traffic laws.
During Illinois Rail Safety Week, the Will County Sheriff's Office and municipal police departments will provide extra enforcement near train tracks and railroad right of ways. Agencies will be distributing literature to help educate both motorists and pedestrians about railroad safety. By working together, we can make a difference!
2013 Illinois statistics: 126 crossing collisions with 40 injuries and 21 fatalities - 52 trespasser incidents with 27 injuries and 25 fatalities.
For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit 222.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.
The Will County Sheriff's Office is proud to announce that four members of the Sheriff's Office Honor Guard will be presenting colors this Sunday, September 7th, at the home opener of the Chicago Bears vs. Buffalo Bills game at Soldier Field.
Commander of the Honor Guard, Lt. Dorris Jordan and her husband, Ed, (retired Sheriff's Office Lieutenant, who began the Honor Guard in 2002 and was Commander until his retirement in 2010) were given Chicago Bears skybox tickets from a member of the Honor Guard, Deputy Jeff Tolbert, who could not attend that pre-season game two weeks ago. During that game the Jordan's met and struck up a conversation with ex-Bears player Shaun Gayle and one of his friends. Lt. Jordan asked how she could arrange for the Sheriff's Honor Guard to participate in the pre-game festivities. Before they knew it a member of the Bears Organization came over to speak to them and the process was put in place.
Commander Lt. Jordan was informed on August 21st that they had been selected for the 1st game of the Bears season. Lt. Jordan has chosen the following members of the Sheriff's Honor Guard to perform:
Deputy Jeff Tolbert
Deputy Terry Bergin
Sergeant Rick Laib
Sergeant Jim Holuj
(Alternates: Deputy Harold Toong and Deputy Henri Wright)
The Jordan's have also purchased tickets for the game. Lt. Jordan stated, "This is such a priviledge to show off our Honor Guard! We work extremely hard to be the professional group that we are. It is a once in a lifetime experience and Ed and I wouldn't miss it for the world. Plus, we are huge Bears Fans...and we get to see the game!"
Congratulations to the Sheriff's Office Honor Guard. We look forward to watching them this Sunday!