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On Aug. 22, the Evanston Police Department’s Traffic Management Bureau received recognition for their first place finish in the 2011-2012 Traffic Safety Challenge Champion Class category from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

The Traffic Safety Challenge is a friendly competition between similar sizes and types of Law Enforcement agencies. The competition encourages Law Enforcement agencies to undertake a comprehensive review of traffic enforcement initiatives in order to increase traffic safety in their respective communities.

This prestigious award is sponsored by the IACP, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration.

The IACP and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration believe that an increase in traffic enforcement and education in a community results in a decrease in motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities. In fact Evanston has seen a decrease in crashes involving pedestrians in the past 3 years. The Traffic Management Bureau is working in partnership with the Public Works Department as part as the Pedestrian Safety Initiative recently passed by the City Council. Together, with education, enforcement, and engineering the Traffic Management’s mission is to make Evanston one of the safest cities in the country for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.