GURNEE, IL - May 12, 2009 - The
Gurnee Police Department is joining other Illinois police agencies and police departments throughout the Midwest
in conducting a first-of-its-kind, multi-state, multi-jurisdictional mobilization to address dangerous driving
this Friday night. The effort, called Reducing Auto Crashes through Corridor Enforcement (RACCE), features
high-visibility enforcement activity by multiple law enforcement agencies along the specific corridor. The RACCE
initiative is being conducted in conjunction with the Click It or Ticket mobilization.
“The RACCE mobilization is unique in that it consists of a coordinated,
multi-jurisdiction, high-visibility enforcement effort during a relatively short time frame, on a specific road
corridor,” according to Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones. “While the primary focus of this
enforcement effort will be unbelted motorists, law enforcement will be quick to arrest impaired drivers or ticket
speeders and other violators,” Jones said.
The effort is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 15th between 6:00-10:00pm, local time. State, county, and
local law enforcement agencies from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin will participate in the
“The RACCE enforcement effort will be conducted on US Highway 41 which runs about 800
miles from the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, through Wisconsin, into Illinois, then straight through
Indiana,” Jones continued.
“US Highway 41 has been identified as an enforcement priority due to the volume of
crashes and subsequent injuries and deaths that have resulted. The multi-state nature of the road was also a
factor in choosing it,” Jones continued.
“Motorists must understand that wearing their seatbelts, adhering to
posted speed limits and driving sober can mean the difference between life and death when traveling our
roadways,” Jones concluded.