Danville Police Department awarded Illinois traffic enforcement grant | Local News
The Danville Police Department announced it has been awarded a Federal Fiscal Year 2024 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement efforts.
The STEP program focuses on high-visibility enforcement and strategies aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries by reducing traffic crashes.
“We’re pleased to receive this grant to step up our road safety efforts,” said Chief Chris Yates. “Our mission is to make travel safer through directed, proactive patrols and to stop, cite and arrest, if necessary, those who choose to violate traffic laws. We are asking for the community’s assistance in this. Our objective is not to issue citations but is to slow speedy drivers and decrease distractions to reduce the number of traffic crashes that cause injury to our citizens and cost millions in property damage and societal economic loss.”
During the STEP grant year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2023, through Sept. 30, 2024, the Danville Police Department will conduct additional enforcement efforts to supplement mandatory and optional campaign enforcement dates scheduled during some of the deadliest times of the year.
The additional efforts will focus on the leading contributory causes of crashes: speeding, impaired driving, electronic device use, failure to yield and disobeying traffic control signals, as well as occupant restraint violations.
The STEP grant is funded by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.