Arlington Heights Police Super Bowl DUI ‘Saturation Patrols’ 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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The Arlington Heights Police Department will participate in enforcement of a Super Bowl Campaign between Friday, January 28, 2011 and Sunday, February 6, 2011. Enforcement efforts will consist of establishing various “Saturation Patrols” throughout the Village, between 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. The primary focus of the enforcement is to identify motorists who choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.

Many lives can be saved by changing public attitudes regarding risk taking behaviors such as speeding, impaired driving, and the non-use of safety belts and child safety seats. Visible enforcement programs focusing on these violations offer the greatest potential for changing these behaviors.

The Arlington Heights Police Department has been awarded a Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) safety grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The grant augments current traffic safety law enforcement efforts within the Village limits.

The STEP grant provides funding to the Arlington Heights Police Department for various enforcement campaigns over a one-year period. The campaigns are established to coincide with selected holiday periods and special events in which there is a documented increase of traffic crashes and related injuries. The focus of the grant is to reduce personal injury and fatal traffic accidents through traffic law enforcement. The campaigns target accident reduction with rotating themes such as “Click it or Ticket” and “You Drink and Drive. You Lose.” The campaign’s two-pronged approach includes periods of public education followed by increased selective enforcement of related traffic offenses.

Mandatory Participation
As part of the grant, police agencies are required to participate on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Saint Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July holiday, and Labor Day.

For additional information please contact Commander Andrew Whowell of the Arlington Heights Police Department, Patrol Bureau at 847-368-5419.

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