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"Drive Sober & Click It or Ticket" Holiday Safety Campaign Results - January 3, 2023
The Harwood Heights Police Department conducted a holiday traffic safety campaign from December 16, 2022 through January 2, 2023 reminding motorists to buckle up and drive sober.  The “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilizations were conducted by the Harwood Heights Police Department and other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce highway fatalities.  During the holiday enforcement campaign, Harwood Heights officers worked an additional 61 hours of patrol taking the following enforcement actions: Conducted 93 traffic stops; made 1 traffic arrest; cited 13 seatbelt violators; cited 13 distracted drivers; and issued 34 other various citations.  Click here to see the "Drive Sober & Click it or Ticket" holiday safety campaign results.

"Drive Sober & Click It or Ticket" Holiday Safety Campaign
With the holidays in full swing, the Harwood Heights Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists about the dangers of impaired driving.  From Dec. 16, 2022 through Jan. 2, 2023 law enforcement across Illinois will step up enforcement efforts with a high visibility “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” traffic safety campaign.  Before the holiday fun begins, make a plan for a sober ride home and remember these tips:  designate a sober driver or make a plan to use public transportation or a ride-sharing service to get home safely; if you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and contact the local law enforcement agency; if you have a friend who is about to drive impaired, take their keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely; and always buckle up!  The goal is to keep the roadways safe.  Drive Sober & Click It or Ticket Holiday Safety Campaign Flyer

"Click it or Ticket" Enforcement This Thanksgiving Holiday Season Results - November 30, 2022
The Harwood Heights Police Department conducted a traffic safety campaign from November 18 through November 28, 2022 reminding motorists to buckle up and drive sober. The “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilizations were conducted by the Harwood Heights Police Department and other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce highway fatalities.  During the Thanksgiving campaign, Harwood Heights officers worked an additional 47 hours of patrol taking the following enforcement actions: conducted 88 traffic stops; cited 17 seat belt violators; cited 16 distracted drivers; and issued 28 other various citations.  Click here to see the "Click it or Ticket" this Thanksgiving enforcement results.

"Click it or Ticket" Enforcement This Thanksgiving Holiday Season - November 15, 2022
As millions of motorists hit the road to celebrate Thanksgiving, Illinois law enforcement will be working around the clock to make sure holiday travelers are buckled up and driving safely. The Harwood Heights Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.”  The goal of this high-visibility effort is to reduce motor vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities.  Correct seat-belt use is the most effective way to protect vehicle occupants.  According to IDOT, the statewide seat-belt usage rate is at 93%.  “Wearing your seat belt is second nature for most,” said Sergeant Nick Ramirez. “We’re looking for the 7% of Illinois motorists who skip this lifesaving step.”  Drivers and passengers can expect a ticket from the Harwood Heights Police Department if they are spotted without a seat belt.  Stepped-up patrols and seat belt enforcement zones will be seen throughout Harwood Heights and the state starting November 18 through the 28, 2022.  Click it or Ticket Flyer

"STEP High Visibility Traffic Enforcement" Results - October 17, 2022
The Harwood Heights Police Department released the results of additional efforts conducted via the Federal Fiscal Year 2023 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program which ran from October 3 through October 15.  Harwood Heights officers conducted 155 traffic stops which resulted in 90 citations being issued and 2 criminal arrests being made.  The Police Department participated in this effort to save lives by focusing on leading contributory causes of crashes: electronic device use, disobeying traffic control signals, speeding, as well as occupant restraint violations.  The STEP campaign was funded by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.   Click here to see the STEP High Visibility Enforcement Traffic results.

"STEP High Visibility Traffic Enforcement" - September 30, 2022
The Harwood Heights Police Department was awarded funding with a Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant through IDOT which focuses on High Visibility Enforcement on specific times and dates throughout the upcoming 2023 fiscal year.  The enforcement efforts are designed to reduce fatalities and serious injuries at some of the deadliest times of the year for vehicle travel.  Motorists can expect to see increased patrols and enforcement zones throughout the 2023 fiscal year.  The high visibility enforcement will begin on October 3 and run through October 15, 2022.  The Harwood Heights Police Department will be stepping up efforts on unbuckled and distracted drivers, as well as other various traffic infractions.   High Visibility Traffic Enforcement Flyer

"Drop It And Drive" Enforcement Results - May 1, 2022
The month of April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  The Harwood Heights Police Department partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, and more than 200 local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to remind motorists to “Drop It and Drive.”  Using a phone in anything other than hands free mode is dangerous and illegal in Illinois.  Per Chief John DeVries, “Distracted Driving Awareness Month allowed the Harwood Heights Police Department to bring a heightened awareness to stop motorists from engaging in this deadly behavior.”  The Harwood Heights Police Department issued 152 hands-free law violations during the April distracted driving enforcement period.  Click here to see their Distracted Driving Enforcement Results.   

"Drop It And Drive" Awareness Program - March 29, 2022
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Harwood Heights Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and more than 200 local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to remind motorists to "Drop It and Drive."  Per Chief Devries, "Texting while driving puts everyone on the road at risk by distracting a driver visually, manually and cognitively.  During Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we're working to increase awareness of these dangers and encourage all motorists to give driving their full attention."  Motorists can expect to see increased patrols and enforcement zones the entire month of April. The Harwood Heights Police Department will be ticketing drivers who text or use their cell phones while driving.  Drop It and Drive Flyer

 

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