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Traffic crackdowns in many Northwest suburbs

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Traffic crackdowns funded with federal grant money putting extra police on the streets with overtime pay are going on in many Northwest suburbs through Memorial Day.

In Schaumburg, where like most other suburbs, the campaign began May 10, officers will be assigned to various areas where they will be enforcing violations of occupant restraint laws.

The areas chosen have been found to meet at least one of three criteria: high accident rate, low passenger restraint usage, and/or high speed location. Schaumburg will have extra officers out on nine separate dates. While mainly enforcing occupant restraint violations, they will be practicing zero tolerance for all traffic violations they observe during these selective enforcement projects, Schaumburg police said in a news release.

Bartlett, another of the towns participating, was awarded money for 48 additional patrol hours to conduct DUI saturation patrols and 12 additional patrol hours to conduct seat belt saturation patrols.

More than 500 local law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in the campaign, according to Rolling Meadows police. "Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing a seat belt," said Deputy Chief Mark Hogan.

Other local departments participating in include Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Palatine and Wheeling.

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