News and Events
The ITSC Application Date Extended
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis the The 2019/2020 Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge application due date has been extended to May 29, 2020.
Please make sure to have your on-line applications submitted by11:59pm on 5/29/20 or hard copies at the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police by close of business on 5/29/20.
As of 3/18/20 The Illinois Traffic Safety application judging is schedule to occur the first weekend in May. Due to the Coronavirus the judging may be postponed to a later date. We will advise as we get closer to May.
New Snare the Drug Impaired Driver Newsletter
Illinois State Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) Jen Cifaldi has shared a copy of the Snare the Drug Impaired Driver newsletter from our friends in Minnesota. There are some very interesting articles about cannabis-induced psychosis, impaired driving and how cannabis affects driving skills even when not "intoxicated" and benzos. Jen provides a wealth of knowledge on a variety of traffic safety related topics. If you are interested in getting on her email list contact her at or 217-257-5050.
New IACP Traffic Safety Resources
The IACP recently launched new traffic safety resources for the field. IACP has created a Distracted Driving Toolkit that provides law enforcement, chief executives, command staff, first-line supervisors and patrol officers with effective strategies to improve distracted driving education and enforcement in their communities, along with tactics to help them reduce officer distraction in patrol vehicles.
The toolkit includes a number of resources, including distracted driving infographics, a report on promising practices for public education, enforcement and officer safety, templates for a press release and much more.
The IACP also launched a Traffic Safety Resource Guide to help law enforcement officers address traffic safety education and enforcement, as well as share research and best practices. The guide provides promising practices to support leaders in responding to traffic safety issues they are encountering in their communities.
To learn more or request a copy of these resources, contact the IACP’s Traffic Safety Initiatives Team click on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember to submit your 2019 Looking Beyond the Seat Belt and /or Illinois Highway Safety Leadership Award applications by 5/1/20. Applications can be found in the column to the left.
2018 Traffic Safety Challenge
ILLINOIS TRAFFIC SAFETY CHALLENGE
The Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge (ITSC) is a friendly competition between similar size and type of law enforcement agencies. It is a program coordinated by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) Traffic Committee and supported by a NHTSA grant administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering (BSPE), as well as much-appreciated funding from private entities.
The Challenge is much more than a peer competition. It is a template for law enforcement agencies to identify traffic issues, plan strategies, reduce social harm and improve the quality of life in their communities. The Challenge helps agencies demonstrate successes to their government officials, community leaders and citizens. The Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge provides law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to contribute to the Illinois' Strategic Highway Safety Plan and have a significant impact on the reduction of crashes, deaths and associated injuries across the state.