Arlington Heights Receives Grant for Holiday Traffic Safety

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Arlington Heights Receives Grant for Holiday Traffic Safety


Byline: Daily Herald report

The Arlington Heights Police Department has been awarded a $43,366.08 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program Grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The grant will augment the current traffic safety law enforcement efforts within the village limits.

IDOT's STEP Grant provides funding to the Arlington Heights Police Department for various campaigns over a one-year period.

The campaigns have been established to coincide with selected holiday periods 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.

Many lives could be saved by changing public attitudes regarding risk-taking behaviors such as speeding, impaired driving, and the nonuse of safety belts and child safety seats.

It has been shown that visible enforcement programs focusing on these violations offer the greatest potential for changing these behaviors. …

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