State Funds Help Police Fight DUIs

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), November 18, 1999 | Go to article overview

State Funds Help Police Fight DUIs


Byline: Tony Gordon

Lake County police agencies can share in almost $90,000 designated to reducing auto crashes.

The Lake County "Stayin' Alive" Traffic Safety Task Force has the funds from an Illinois Department of Transportation grant to distribute to local agencies, said Richard Schur of the College of Lake County.

The grants will be broken down three ways, Schur said. Agencies can share in $30,000 earmarked to support roadside safety checkpoints, another $30,000 for concentrated DUI patrols or some $28,000 available for equipment purchases.

"Without a doubt, drunken driving is a major cause of crashes, which has to be addressed through this program," Schur said. "We intend to make funds available for agencies to purchase in-car cameras, portable breath-test devices and other materials to make enforcement more efficient."

Schur, the executive director of the task force, said grant applications were sent out to police agencies on Nov. 5 and the awards will be announced by mid-December.

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Run yourself hungry: Looking for a way to work up a good appetite for Thanksgiving dinner? Look no further than Gurnee.

The sixth annual Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot, sponsored by the Gurnee police and fire departments, is a 5K run or walk for charity that steps off promptly at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

Gurnee detective Tom Agos said the event raises money for the Jon Callaghan fund, in memory of the 10-year-old village resident who died of leukemia in 1987, and the Gurnee Community Church's Youth Work Camp Mission.

"When we started out six years ago, it was mainly just people from the police and fire department who participated, and we are expecting more than 200 people this year," Agos said. "It is a great way for people to have fun and at the same time help a worthy cause. …

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