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Police Plan Safety Initiative in Central Business District

The police will focus on enforcing safety violations in Highland Park's Central Business District in advance of the Port Clinton Art Festival.

The Highland Park Police Department will conduct a traffic safety initiative in the central business district from 3 p.m. till 6 p.m. on August 22 and 23.

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The police will be monitoring vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist activity and enforcing violations that compromise safety, according to a news release issued by the department last week. The initiative is planned in advance of the Highland Park and , which begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

"The business district is getting busier," Deputy Police Chief Dave Schwarz said, "And we've got a big event coming up."

The police will be targeting illegal U-turns or turning left to enter a parking space, stop sign violations, use of handheld cell phones while driving and cyclist violations like riding through stop signs.

"We're getting some feedback that people are seeing some of these U-turns into parking spaces, enough that its concerning," Schwarz said.

This is the second safety initiative in the last month.

"The more and more compliance we get the less and less need we have for running these things," Schwarz said.

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Larry Hillman August 21, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Really?? Why discourage people from visiting Downtown Highland Park with stepped up enforcement? If the police need to "make a show of force" I'd suggest along Vine and St Johns near the High School! Targeting shoppers is a bad idea.
Molly August 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM
I'm all for this plan! Driving in the downtown HP shopping areas is a lesson in stress management: avoiding jay walking pedestrians, racing cars going for that left turn into a space or the dreaded four way stop intersections (do pedestrians EVER pause before entering the cross walk). Our teen driver found driving in Chicago a breeze after learning in HP. I would shop more in HP if the drivers and pedestrians weren't so rude.

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