Wood Dale Police Honored for Traffic Safety Programs
Gutowski, Christy, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Christy Gutowski Daily Herald Staff Writer
The Wood Dale police department recently was singled out as being the most active department of its size in Illinois to promote traffic safety .
The department received the Illinois State Police Drive Safe Award, recognizing its innovative approaches to traffic safety.
"We're not just going out there and writing traffic tickets," said Police Chief Frank Williams. "We're emphasizing education, training and enforcement."
For example, the department monitors where and what time of day motorists are speeding or are caught in traffic through a computer survey plate secured to one of its major roads.
Wood Dale officers also wrote 2,600 safety belt and child restraint tickets in one year, said police Sgt. Jerry Stout, who oversees the department's safety projects.
Police also hand out "safety bucks" when spotting someone following the law and are active in community schools as well as several other state traffic programs.
The Drive Safe accolade is just the latest of several awards, including national recognition, the department has received. …