IDOT Official Busted For Not Wearing Seat Belt

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Transportation has suspended one of its top officials after he was ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, the IDOT Traffic Safety Division is in charge of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Its deputy director, Roy Dolgos, learned of the efficacy of the campaign personally.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports

The State Journal-Register reports Dolgos, 66, was suspended for 15 days starting Wednesday, after police in Springfield found him not wearing a seat belt when they pulled him over on Aug. 1.

IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell tells the newspaper that all department employees are expected to follow state laws, and department officials “take this issue very seriously.”

Dolgos is a former director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, and makes $102,00 a year in his IDOT position, the Journal-Register reported.

  • Pete

    Some people believe the laws are not meant for them but only for the commoners.

  • Chris

    You would think the cop would cut him a break, considering his position. They could have just given him a verbal warning.

    • nobody is above the law

      that’s the problem with society, the vip’s always get away with a tap on the wrist

      • Chris

        If you or I were in a position of authority, would we expect anything less?

  • AL T

    A 15 day suspension??? Come on, that’s a bit much. He knows the program and got his ticket. The only way he should even be considered for a suspension is if it happened during working hours using a state vehicle – then it could be justified for him not following work rules.

  • Peter

    Good. The people at the top have to realize how ridiculous this law is. The only reason for this law is to give police a reason for pulling a vehicle over for a non-moving violation. Please tell me why you can drive a motorcycle which is exponentially more dangerous yet its illegal to drive a car without one

  • Lisa Ladonski

    I think that it’s good he got punished so harshly. I have heard of way too many fatalities that could have been avoided by simply wearing a seatbelt. Now he has hopefully learned his lesson, and will begin wearing one regularly.

  • LOTD

    Perfect example of an IDOT IDIOT!!! Another worthless public sector union employee. If you people knew how much this person makes and the benefit package they have you wouldn’t be saying “why so harsh”!!!!

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