Breaking News Bar
posted: 5/12/2014 1:01 AM

Leave enforcement goals to local police

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 

We are writing this letter in opposition to SB 3411 and ask you to consider the following points regarding traffic enforcement and the positive effect it has on our communities. As police chiefs we have a duty to our communities to reduce crime and make our residents feel safe. One of the single-most successful and effective ways to address a spike in crimes including nuisance type violations, serious and fatal crashes, robberies and burglaries is to increase traffic enforcement in particular geographic areas or target specific violations such as speeding, seat belt usage and distracted driving.

In addition to the effects that traffic enforcement has on crime, better than half the citizen complaints that police departments receive are directly related to traffic concerns. Citizens want motorists to drive slower and act safer when in their neighborhoods.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Traffic tickets serve a purpose -- they change driver behavior. Our ultimate goal is to stop people from committing traffic violations. Drivers make a conscious choice to obey traffic laws or not obey them. With that said, law enforcement leaders should have the right to expect a certain work product from their officers, while not making the work product arbitrary. In a recent Supreme Court decision, Park Ridge v. Begg, the courts found administrators have a right to impose reasonable performance expectations.

Aggressive traffic enforcement is a win-win. It reduces crime and increases safety. We do not support SB3411 and ask that legislators vote "no" and leave the decision of managing officers and developing realistic enforcement goals to the individual leaders of the law enforcement agencies that they serve.

Steven Casstevens

Buffalo Grove chief of police

Eric Guenther

Mundelein chief of police

Raymond J. Rose

Undersheriff

Lake County Sheriff's Office

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here