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DGPD Recognized as Leader in Traffic Safety

Deputy Chief Kurt Bluder, Chief Robert Porter, Mary Wennerstrom and Marion HeintzThe Downers Grove Police Department was recognized as the top agency in the state for Pedestrian and Bike Safety in the 2009 Illinois Traffic Challenge, which recognizes law enforcement agencies for their efforts in addressing traffic safety issues. The department placed second in the state for municipal agencies with 51 to 100 sworn officers for their overall approach to traffic safety. Chief Robert Porter and staff recently took delivery of the awards.

Traffic safety is one of the highest priorities for the Downers Grove Police Department. Staff works year-round to educate our citizens, beginning with preschool students, on the importance of being safe in a vehicle, on a bike, and as a pedestrian. Aggressive and consistent traffic enforcement, coupled with educational efforts, offer the greatest chance of reducing the incidence of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.

The following statistics support the department’s traffic safety efforts:

  • Seat Belt use is up! More people are buckling up in Downers Grove. Our seat belt compliance rate increased 2.7%. Currently 95.4% of people traveling on the road in Downers Grove are choosing to buckle up. This compliance rate is better that the State of Illinois compliance rate of 91.5%.
  • There were no traffic related deaths in Downers Grove in 2009.
  • Injuries are down! There were 22% fewer (75) traffic crashes with injuries in 2009.
  • Total crashes are down! The total number of traffic crashes in Downers Grove fell by 399 crashes or 19% compared to 2008.