| Winnebago County Sheriff's OfficeNews Media Release|| News Release Number 2011-007|
| Information: Sustained Traffic Enforcement Grant|
| Date: 02/04/2011|| Time: 1200|| Page 1 of 1|
Narrative: On October 1st, 2010, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office received approval and $42,442.00 in funding from the Illinois Department of Transportation to implement a Sustained Traffic Enforcement Grant (STEP) program. This grant will provide funds to pay overtime and associated costs for additional officers to increase the enforcement of impaired driving laws, as well as occupant restraint violations. The grant will provide a total of 844 hours of additional intensive patrols. The 844 hours are divided up into 8 campaigns throughout 2011. Each campaign is 2 weeks in length. The purpose of the STEP Grant is to reduce the incidence of motor vehicle crashes, and the resulting injuries and fatalities, through increased highly visible enforcement of occupant restraint, impaired driving, speed, pedestrian safety and motorcycle licensing and registration laws. The third enforcement campaign will be conducted on Sunday February 6th, 2011. Sheriff’s Deputies working the campaign will be targeting impaired drivers and occupant restraint violations throughout Winnebago county .