With the first day of school already here for some, the Hanover Park Police Department is stepping up traffic enforcement efforts to ensure students' safety.
Sgt. John Dossey said officers assigned to the department's strategic enforcement and prevention unit will start by saturating school zones in the village.
During the first week, most motorists will be spared a citation and instead receive only a warning for speeding, illegally parking, using their cellphone in a school zone and violating bus stop arms.
"We're just trying to get the message out to pay attention," Dossey said.
Officers also are on the lookout for children who aren't wearing seat belts or properly restrained in car seats.
"You'd be surprised how many people don't have a booster seat or anything," Dossey said.
Beat officers are walking the schools so both students and administrators get to know them. Speed trailers, signs and electronic message boards are being placed outside the buildings.
Dossey said officers wearing traffic vests also will stand within school zones and direct violators to pull over. He said the department will do monthly stings to reinforce its traffic safety efforts.
Police also are using signs from FACES4, an organization of families committed to stopping excessive speeding.
Hanover Park is served by four school districts. Keeneyville School District 20 started classes Wednesday, while Elgin Area School District U-46, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 and Carol Stream Elementary District 93 are back in session next week.