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Police awarded grant for traffic safety enforcement

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:08 p.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Police Department recently was awarded a grant by the Illinois Department of Transportation and said the money will be used to reduce traffic crashes and promote driving safety. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has helped states implement traffic safety programs for the past few years to assist police agencies in conducting intensive, highly publicized campaigns of increased enforcement for speeding, impaired driving and safety belt laws, according to a Riverside Police Department news release. 

The police department was awarded the Highway Safety Traffic Enforcement grant of $21,185.94 from the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety, according to the release. 

The grant includes the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program that will run Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2014. Officers will conduct six special enforcement mobilizations during that time. The mobilization will follow a four-week schedule, starting with public information and education and ending with a traffic-enforcement phase. 

The goal of the grant is to reduce the overall number of traffic crashes and associated fatalities and serious injuries by enforcing traffic laws with an emphasis on speed, seat belt use and impaired driving. Police also want to achieve increased use of child safety seats and booster seats during day and evening hours, the release said.

Illinois had one of the best years on record in 2012 with fewer roadway fatalities. Traffic safety statistics showed a slight decrease in the second half of 2012 after an awareness campaign that included a running tally of traffic deaths on highway message boards.

“Riverside Police Department is proud to continue its partnership with IDOT and other law enforcement agencies to help reduce traffic fatalities. We’re committed to increasing safety on our roadways and will use all available resources to provide safety education programs that encourage safe driving habits,” Sgt. Leo Kotor said. “With continued support and cooperation from the motoring public, we can keep the momentum going in the right direction for years to come.”

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