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 police work to promote safety by operating Roadside Safety Checkpoints, Roving Saturation Patrols, and Safety Belt Enforcement Zones.
CUMULATIVE ARRESTS & CITATIONS MAY 13 TO MAY 30, 2011
2 suspended/revoked driver’s licenses
1 unlicensed driver
1 expired driver’s license
11 uninsured motorists
66 safety belt violations
1 child safety restraint violation
1 warrant arrest
101 other miscellaneous Illinois Vehicle Code violations.
The Arlington Heights Police Department recently completed enforcement activities relating to IDOT’s designated Memorial Day campaign. The campaign began May 13, 2011 and ended May 30, 2011. During the campaign, one Roadside Safety Checkpoint, two Roving Saturation Patrols, and twenty-five Safety Belt Enforcement Zones were conducted. The Roadside Safety Checkpoint was conducted on May 27, 2011 on Arlington Heights Road south of Algonquin Road. The two Roving Saturation Patrols and 25 Safety Belt Enforcement Zones were conducted on various days of the week throughout the designated campaign period. The primary focus was to identify and apprehend motorists who chose to drive without using their safety belts, while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and those committing licensing, equipment and other miscellaneous Illinois Vehicle Code violations. All activities took place between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. with the exception of twelve safety belt enforcement patrols.
The combination of enforcement activities resulted in the following cumulative arrests and citations: 2 suspended/revoked driver’s licenses, 1 unlicensed driver, 1 expired driver’s license, 11 uninsured motorists, 66 safety belt violations, 1 child safety restraint violation, 1 warrant arrest, and 101 other miscellaneous Illinois Vehicle Code violations.
The Arlington Heights Police Department has shown continuous commitment to traffic safety and is planning to continues as an active participant in IDOT’s grant program by participating in the upcoming July 4th Holiday campaign.