Police Chief Robert Porter is pleased to announce that the Downers Grove Police Department received recognition in the 2012 Illinois Traffic Challenge, as the top agency in the state for municipal agencies with 66 to 100 sworn officers for their overall approach to traffic safety. In addition, the Department received the 2012 Pedestrian and Bike Safety award, which recognizes law enforcement agencies for their efforts in bicycle and pedestrian education.
Traffic safety is one of the highest priorities for the Downers Grove Police Department. Police personnel work 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 incidents 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 5.3%. Currently 98.8% of people traveling on the road in Downers Grove are choosing to buckle up. This compliance rate is better than the State of Illinois compliance rate of 93.6%.
- There were no traffic related deaths in Downers Grove in 2012.
Chief Porter will attend the 2012 Traffic Challenge Awards ceremony in Tinley Park, IL to accept the awards.