Sheriff’s Police Awarded Illinois Department of Transportation Traffic Enforcement Grant

Sheriff’s Police Awarded Illinois Department of Transportation Traffic Enforcement Grant
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Sheriff’s Police Awarded Illinois Department of Transportation Traffic Enforcement Grant (Cook County, IL) — The Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department has been awarded a Federal Fiscal Year 2023 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant to conduct additional traffic safety efforts, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

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The $122,220 grant will be used to conduct additional Sheriff’s Police traffic enforcement during some of the deadliest times of the year for   motorists and specifically target the leading causes of crashes including speeding, impaired driving, electronic device use, failure to yield,
disobeying traffic control signals, and failure to wear a seatbelt.

“We’re grateful for the additional funding to help expand our on-going road safety efforts, particularly during the holiday season and other high-travel periods,” said Sheriff Dart. “As always, our goal is to make travel safer for everyone on the road, and this grant will help us
do that.”

The grant will run from Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2023. It is funded by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

About the STEP Grant

The Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) focuses sharply on specific times of the year and also on specific times of the day when data shows alcohol-involved and unbuckled fatalities are the highest. STEP requires participation in the Thanksgiving, Christmas/New Years’, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day Campaigns. Optional weekend campaigns include Halloween and Super Bowl.

NOTE: STEP participants also have the option of requesting funding for impaired driving, occupant protection, and speeding enforcement details outside of holiday campaigns.

Sheriff’s Police Awarded Illinois Department of Transportation Traffic Enforcement Grant

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