STEP Grant: Roving Saturation Patrols, Seat Belt Enforcement Underway May 13 -Memorial Day, May 30, 2011


The Arlington Heights Police Department is conducting traffic enforcement efforts through a Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Grant awarded to the Village by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Division of Traffic Safety. The purpose of the grant is to reduce personal injury and fatal traffic accidents through increased traffic enforcement efforts. The grant supplements current law enforcement activities relating to traffic safety over a one-year period for various different enforcement campaigns designated by IDOT. The campaigns coincide with selected holiday periods in which there is a documented increase of traffic-related crashes and injuries. The campaigns rotate the themes of “Click It or Ticket” and “You Drink & Drive. You Lose.”

The Department will commence traffic enforcement activities relating to IDOT’s Memorial Day campaign on Friday, May 13, 2011 and will continue doing so through Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. Enforcement activities will include numerous “Roving Saturation Patrols” and “Safety Belt Enforcement Zones”, which will be conducted at various locations and time frames throughout the village. Additionally, a “Roadside Safety Check” will be conducted during the evening on May 27, 2011 on Arlington Heights Road near Algonquin Road. The primary focus of all respective enforcement efforts will be to identify motorists who choose to drive without using safety belts, as well as those who choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

For additional information, please contact Sergeant Michael Shabez of the Arlington Heights Police Department at (847) 368-5421.

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