West Chicago, Illinois: April 24, 2013 -- In recent years, Illinois has experienced significant reductions in motor vehicle crash fatalities. While this is great news, there is still work to be done to make Illinois roads as safe as possible. The Illinois Department of Transportation's (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety is making the effort to do that through the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) which will help Illinois maximize the effect of sustained, stepped-up, year-long traffic enforcement.
The West Chicago Police Department, along with hundreds of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across Illinois, has received a STEP Grant which will provide sworn police officers funding for additional hours dedicated to traffic enforcement for child restraint, seatbelt, speeding, and alcohol related violations.
This IDOT Traffic Safety Grant started October 1, 2012 and will conclude on September 30, 2013. During this time period there will be different enforcement campaigns which are aimed to help educate drivers who violate Illinois traffic laws. The goal of the program is to make the highways safer to use in Illinois and to persuade everyone to use their seatbelt, reduce the amount of fatal crashes and impaired driving.
The next campaign will begin May 10th, 2013 and run through May 27th, 2013. This is the third of eight scheduled campaigns that are planned throughout this grant period. In addition to Additional Traffic Enforcement Patrols throughout the City, West Chicago Police will also be conducting Seat Belt Enforcement Zones and a Roadside Safety Check during the month of May.
Members of the West Chicago Police Department urge the motoring public to drive safely today and every day.