1. Lake County Jail Passes 2018 Inspection in All Categories

    Sheriff Mark Curran is pleased to announce that the Lake County Sheriff’s Office received the results of an inspection conducted by the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) of the Lake County Jail. Read on...
  2. Sheriff Curran Announces Labor Day Traffic Safety Patrol

    Sheriff Mark Curran announced the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a traffic safety campaign focusing on impaired, unbuckled and distracted drivers beginning Monday, August 20. Read on...
  3. Update Critical Beach Park Crash of August 11, 2018

    The driver of the Kia was pronounced deceased yesterday. The Lake County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy today. Both juveniles remain in critical condition. Read on...
  4. Sheriff’s Deputies Save Life Using Naloxone On Chain O’ Lakes

    On August 11, 2018, at approximately 12:30 AM, the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit was on boat patrol between Grass Lake and Lake Marie (located on the Chain O’ Lakes). The deputies observed a boat commit numerous violations and initiated a traffic stop Read on...
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Schools in Session!

Schools in session and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is providing a few safety tips for motorists and parents. Adjust your workday commute for the increased bus and motorist traffic, as well as students walking and biking back and forth to school.

Below are some reminders to ensure student safety:

  • Illinois state law requires motorists to come to a complete stop when a pedestrian/runner or cyclist is in a marked crosswalk.
  • Reduce risks in a school safety zone by eliminating any distractions, including cell phone use. If you are picking up a student and need to use your cell phone to contact them, please pull over, park and call.

Parents should talk and teach pedestrian skills to children. Visit our Child & Teen Safety and Well-Being page for the NHTSA’s ‘Teaching Children to Walk Safely as They Grow and Develop’ guide.

School Bus Safety:

  • Illinois law states that it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped and is displaying the stop sign arm.
  • Motorists on a road with 4 or more lanes (with at least 2 lanes of traffic in opposite direction) does not have to stop for a stopped bus travelling in the opposite direction. However, motorists are required to stop if they are travelling the same direction as the stopped bus.
  • Under Illinois law, school bus drivers can report the license plate numbers of vehicles that illegally pass them.
  • First-time offenders can have their driver’s license suspended for three months and a repeat offender, within a five-year period, can have their license suspended for a year.

Technology Safety:

Check out our Child & Teen Safety and Well-Being page and Keeping Kids Safer Online