Traffic Safety Challenge
The Glen Carbon Police Department has been actively participating in the Illinois and National Traffic Safety Challenge since 2003. The Traffic Safety Challenge is a comprehensive, multi-faceted program designed to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal car crashes on Glen Carbon Roadways. The program is designed to specifically combat the three leading causes of serious and fatal car crashes. These causes are Excessive Speeding, Driving Under the Influence and Failure of Motorists to Wear Occupant Restraint Devices. The program emphasizes four essential elements that provide the structure of the program. These four elements are as follows:
- Policies and Guidelines that give specific direction on how to enforce traffic safety laws
- Training of Officers on traffic safety laws that pertain to Speed Offenses, Occupant Restraint Offenses, and Driving Under the Influence
- Public Education and Information Campaigns that bring awareness to the residents of our community on the importance of abiding by traffic laws
- Enforcement Campaigns such as seat belt checkpoints, saturation patrols that target speeders, driving under the influence offenders, and seat belt law violators, and our motorcycle unit that serves as a tremendous tool in combating traffic law violations.
Our agency has specific policies that make traffic enforcement a priority to all officers. Our officers receive annual training on law changes that deal with traffic safety laws. Our agency has worked diligently to bring awareness to Glen Carbon residents about traffic safety and the need to abide by all traffic laws. We have done this by participating in a number of Public Information and Education Programs. Our agency participates in Click It or Ticket and You Drink You Drive You Lose Campaigns around all holidays. We send officers to the schools and daycare centers within our community to talk to children about the importance of wearing their seatbelts and staying in their car seats. We have asked for and received cooperation from local businesses in putting out safety messages throughout town. We have also set up car seat install fairs throughout the community. We have received grant money from Wal Mart and used the money to purchase car seats for needy families. We have scheduled bicycle rodeos at day car centers annually. The enforcement part of the program is the officers working to be cognizant of traffic law offenders on the roadways where the most traffic crashes occur. In our jurisdiction it continues to by Route 159. Stopping motorists for speeding violations, driving while under the influence, and not wearing a safety belt isn’t fun for any officer, but ultimately it does help to save lives.
Letter from Sgt. White
Our agency has been very successful in our traffic safety efforts. Since 2003 we have received first place honors for our category in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009. We tied for second in the championship division in 2006. We have also received first place honors at the National Traffic Safety Challenge in 2003, 2005, and 2007. We were 4th place in the championship class in 2004 and fifth place in the championship class in 2006. We finished 2nd at the National Level in 2009.
The awards and honors our agency has received are something we can take pride in, but it is knowing that lives have been saved because of our efforts that is the true reward.
On August 10th, a total of seven members of the Glen Carbon Police Department will be traveling to Rosemont, Illinois. All officers traveling to Rosemont will receive training at the Midwest Security and Police conference.
The officers will also attend an awards breakfast while in Rosemont. At the awards breakfast the officers will receive the first place award from the Illinois Chiefs of Police for the 2009 Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge. The Glen Carbon Police Department won the category between eleven and twenty-five officers in 2009. The Traffic Safety Challenge is a program that is designed to combat serious and fatal injury car crashes. The program uses a multi-faceted approach. The participating agency makes educating and informing the public about traffic safety a priority. Additionally, the participating agency puts an emphasis on enforcing speed related, driving under the influence related, and occupant restraint related violations. Officers from the participating agencies must ensure that officers are properly trained in all areas of traffic law. The agency must also have specific policies and guidelines that give direction to officers on how to deal with and handle traffic law violators.
The members of the Glen Carbon Police Department are proud of the results we have earned regarding traffic safety. Since our agency began participation in the Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge, there has been only one car crash within the police jurisdiction of Glen Carbon that has resulted in a fatality. The overall number of traffic crashes has dropped from 511 in 2002 all the way down to 357 in 2009!
Our agencies efforts have not gone unnoticed. We have been awarded first place in our agency category in Illinois, in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009. We have also been awarded first place in the nation in the years 2003, 2005, and 2007. In 2009 we placed 2nd in nation in our category.
Though all members of our agency are proud of the awards and recognition we have received, we realize the real reward is having the knowledge that lives have been saved and our community is a better place to live.
Attached is a sampling of photos that highlight many of the events and activities our agency participated in 2009.
Sgt. J. Wayne White
Traffic Safety Coordinator
Glen Carbon Police Department
Meritorious Service Recognition
Village of Glen Carbon Police Department to those who have distinguished themselves in commitment and service to the Glen Carbon Community.