Click it or ticket.
The State of Illinois popularized the slogan in an effort to force people to realize that they would pay a hefty fine if they don’t wear their seat belt.
Perhaps the slogan should be amended for people who drive through Oak Lawn with drugs.
A traffic stop on April 7th was made by Oak Lawn police officers when they noticed a front seat passenger, identified as Naser Naser, not wearing his seat belt in a car traveling westbound on 95th Street at New England Avenue.
A detective stopped the car and spoke with the driver while an a police officer approached Naser’s side of the car. Naser was asked why he wasn’t wearing his seat belt and he allegedly told the police that he “forgot”.
During the conversation, the police saw a short blue straw in the center console and noted that short cut straws are known to be used to ingest narcotics. Both the driver and Naser were asked to get out of the car and complied.
The driver admitted that he uses a straw to snort heroin but the police did not find any drugs on the driver. He said that he had already snorted earlier.
During a search of Naser, which the police said he consented to, a tin foil packet allegedly fell to the ground and Naser allegedly told the police “it’s dope”.
Naser was arrested and later transported to Christ Hospital. At the hospital, the police claim that Naser said the heroin is for personal use.
Naser was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance. The suspected heroin weighed one gram. The car was owned by Naser and was towed from the scene. The police also issued a ticket because the vehicle was used in alleged illegal activities.
Naser Naser is a 38 year old white male. He provided a Palos Hills address to the police.
The driver of the car, Dennis Harris, was given a village ordinance citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. Harris is a 56 year old black male and provided a Chicago address.