IDOT, ISP and Park Ridge Police worked together to keep this St. Patrick’s Day safe
Traffic safety continues to be one of the police department’s top priorities. Our commitment to traffic safety led the department to apply for a grant offered by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT); the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). The STEP program provides funding, specifically, for the selective enforcement of impaired driving violations. The Park Ridge Police Department was awarded the grant and had extra officers out between March 12, 2012 and March 20, 2012. The additional officers were assigned each day for the purpose of enforcing violations of the Illinois Primary Seatbelt law, Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act, speeding violations and DUI’s.
The results from this campaign, show that the department made one DUI arrest, issued 18 occupant restraint citations, 42 speeding citations and 31 other citations. This important program is another example of how the police department strives to make roadways in our community safer. However, we cannot do this alone and need the help of all motorists to “buckle up” and drive safely.