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 “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
The Department will commence traffic enforcement activities relating to IDOT’s Thanksgiving Day Campaign on Saturday, November 12, 2011 and will continue doing so through Monday, November 28, 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. Respective enforcement efforts will include identifying and citing motorists who choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, without using safety belts, and who commit other traffic offenses including but not limited to equipment, registration, driver’s license, and insurance violations.