Traffic Grant Enforcement Results

For Release: 
Dec 5, 2008

Administration - Press Releases - 2008

Traffic Grant Enforcement Results

GURNEE - December 5, 2008 - Beginning November 14th and running through November 30th, the Gurnee Police Department operated twenty-five (25) occupant protection enforcement zones throughout the village. Seventeen (17) were conducted between the hours of 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM. Eight (8) were conducted between the hours of 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

Funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these zones were established in order to achieve he following goals:

1. To increase enforcement of occupant restraint laws.
2. To achieve a higher use of safety belts, child safety seats and booster seats.

During the same time period, and under the same grant, impaired driving directed enforcement was also conducted, along with alcohol compliance checks at liquor serving establishments.

The results of these special enforcement operations are as follows:

Total number of hours worked: 169
Number of Officers Involved: 17
Number of safety restraint violations: 123
Number of Impaired Driving Arrests: 2
Total Number of Citations Written: 192
Number of Alcohol Serving Violations: 3

One of the traffic stops during the campaign lead to an arrest for possession of cannabis when the officer could smell the odor of burnt marijuana and a green leafy substance on the driver’s pants. More suspected cannabis was located inside the vehicle.

In November we also conducted our annual Compliance Through Educating our Kids (CTEK) program at each campus of Warren High School. During this campaign, we survey seat belt compliance for all front seat occupants of vehicles entering or exiting the school parking lots. Violators are sent a letter regarding the violation and explaining that they could receive a citation if stopped for the violation. We believe that getting young drivers into the habit of buckling up will carry on into their adult years and also influence younger family members as well.

This recent survey of 2,853 vehicles yielded a seatbelt compliance rate of 90% between the two campuses. That ties a previous record high for seat belt compliance at Warren High School.

The Gurnee Police Department would like to remind everyone that as we head into the holiday season with many parties and gatherings throughout the month, please celebrate responsibly. Don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver or use a taxi or public transportation. And remember to buckle up, every trip, every time!

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Revised 11/28/08