The Morton Police Department is pleased to announce they have received a $26042.10 dollar grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2013 to conduct increased enforcement of impaired driving laws and occupant restraint violations. The enforcement campaign began on Nov. 13 and run through September of 2013.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans from the ages of 5 through 24. In Illinois, as nationally, these preventable deaths and injuries are very costly. Recent economic loss studies indicate that alcohol related crashes cost the citizens of Illinois as much as $1.6 billion dollars annually.
The grant will allow for eight enforcement campaigns to be conducted throughout the year, with each mobilization allowing for 60 to 100 additional man hours of patrol. The enforcement campaigns will coincide with State and National mobilizations and be conducted primarily between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. when seat belt noncompliance and alcohol related traffic crashes are most prevalent.
The goal of the enforcement campaign is to reduce the number of fatal and alcohol related crashes, increase enforcement of impaired driving laws with secondary enforcement on speed and occupant protection violations, and achieve a higher use of safety belts and child safety seats.
Visible enforcement campaigns have the greatest potential for reducing risk taking behaviors such as impaired driving, speeding and the non-use of safety belts. It is the department’s belief that by changing public attitudes many lives can be saved.
This is the sixth consecutive year the department has been awarded a traffic safety grant by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Questions can be directed to Sgt. Shawn Darche 266-6666.