City of West Chicago
475 Main Street, P.O.Box 488, West Chicago, IL  60185

Contact: Rosemary Mackey  
  Marketing and Communications Coordinator  
rmackey@westchicago.org  
  Phone: 630-293-2200  
  09 Dec 2006  

Roadside Safety Checks
Contribute to Reduction in Traffic Fatalities

West Chicago, Illinois: December 8, 2006 - Roadside safety checks conducted by local enforcement agencies including the West Chicago Police Department have proven to be successful in reducing the number of highway fatalities.

Today it was announced that the state of Illinois is, in fact, on the verge of reaching a milestone in reduced traffic fatalities, and much of the credit is being given to the implementation of the roadside safety program, which includes seatbelt and DUI enforcement. The newsworthy achievement was reported by Sgt. Ron Borkowski, Law Enforcement Liaison with the Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety. According to Borkowski, as of November 29, 2006, there were 101 fewer fatalities than in 2005. "By holding the numbers down for the rest of December, we could be at the lowest number of fatalities since 1924," he said.

The traffic checks that are conducted to promote the safety and well being of the motoring public and to provide a deterrent for those who might violate the Illinois Vehicle Code or West Chicago City Ordinances, have been a priority for many area police forces. They have been used to detect persons who are operating a motor vehicle with defective equipment, have no valid driver's license or permit, no proof of insurance or are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Deputy Chief Jim Mazurek of the West Chicago Police Dept. is encouraged by the decreased number of traffic fatalities. "It's validation that the programs we've gotten behind are effective and are saving lives," he said. He additionally cited other IDOT traffic enforcement grants which have also assisted in reducing that number in Illinois. Currently, an IDOT Speed Enforcement Program Grant is educating the motoring public that speed kills, seatbelts save lives and not to drink and drive or drive aggressively.The West Chicago Police Dept. will continue to conduct roadside safety checks throughout the winter months.