Grant funded extra-duty officers from the Highland Park Police Department made 3 DUI arrests during the recent Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) grant-funded 4th of July holiday period enforcement initiative which began June 23 and ended on July 6, 2014. In addition, these officers issued 10 seat belt citations and 15 citations and warnings for other traffic violations such as driving without a license, speeding, driving a child without a car-seat, hand-held cell phone use while driving, improper lane usage, and disobeying traffic signals.
In addition, grant-funded officers assisted patrol officers with stopping and arresting 4 felony forgery suspects. A total of 29 vehicles were stopped by the grant-funded police officers. In addition, non-grant funded Highland Park Police Patrol Officers made 7 DUI arrests and issued numerous traffic citations during the 4th of July holiday crackdown time period.
Highland Park Police joined forces with other state and local law enforcement and highway safety partners in the IDOT grant-funded Holiday period campaign. The campaign featured high-visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities which included a strategic media campaign as well as additional enforcement activity.
Extra emphasis was given to late-night hour enforcement, as statistics show the highest number of motorists drink and drive and the fewest motorists buckle up during this time of day.
This law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety grants through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety and is part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.