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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Focus on Safety – Partnering for traffic safety

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Spring is finally upon us with summer on the horizon. This year especially, more and more cars will be hitting the roadways for some long-awaited vacations. As we see increased travel, it is important to remember some of our partners that the police department collaborates with to make traveling safer.

In 2020, the Naperville Police Department responded to 1,903 traffic crashes throughout the City. The primary causes of these crashes in 2020 involved speed (such as failure to reduce speed or driving too fast for conditions), failure to yield the right of way, and improper lane usage.

Knowing the primary causes of crashes helps us direct education and enforcement to curb these behaviors and make our roadways safer. To reduce crashes caused by the three primary reasons mentioned above, along with distracted driving and impaired driving, we regularly work with local and national partners such as AAA, AARP, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Naperville Community Radio Watch.

We partner with AAA and use their Distracted Driving Simulator to educate our local high school Driver’s Education students about the dangers of texting and driving. Our partnership with AARP allows us to offer a classroom driver refresher course to help mature drivers stay safe on the roads. Our Community Radio Watch provides additional support to our department by conducting radar patrols and traffic surveys, which help us prioritize our traffic enforcement to reduce crashes. Utilizing NHTSA information helps the police department address nationwide trends and keep current with important recalls. These are just a few examples of the many ways these partnerships materialize to make our community ‘A Safer Naper.’

Learn more about these and other partnerships that make our roadways safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians at www.naperville.il.us/asafernaper.

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Julie Smith
Julie Smith
Julie Smith is Crime Prevention Specialist at the Naperville Police Department. Contact her at SmithJu@naperville.il.us or (630) 305-5450.

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