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DuPage County Sheriff

James Mendrick

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information: Domrose #563 ~ 630.407.2010

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sheriff Calls for Zero Tolerance as Children Go Back to School

It’s “back to school” time in DuPage County which means it’s time once again for Sheriff John Zaruba’s annual “Back to School Safety Strategy.” The campaign will kick off August 18th with a “Zero Tolerance in School Zones” enforcement period and continue for approximately a month.  This campaign is designed to protect children of all ages and to show motorists that driving recklessly around children will not be tolerated.  The goal is driver compliance not punitive enforcement. 

Sheriff’s deputies will be stationed in school zones to enforce speed limits, cell phone use, seat belt use, child safety restraint laws, passing stopped school buses, reckless driving behavior, and other traffic laws.  

Deputies will be aggressively enforcing traffic laws in all school zones in the morning, during the lunch hour, and in the afternoon as children are being picked up. Following the month long campaign, deputies will aggressively continue to patrol school zones throughout the year.  

“The idea behind this traffic safety campaign is to raise public awareness about the dangers of driving recklessly in school zones and to remind people that school speed zones exist for a reason, to protect our children,” Sheriff Zaruba stated. 

One component of Sheriff Zaruba’s safety strategy is his annual Safety Saturday Fair that will be held Saturday, September 27thfrom 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the DuPage County Fairgrounds on Manchester Road in Wheaton. Sheriff Zaruba organized the event in 1997 in an effort to heighten public awareness about safety and promote positive interaction between emergency services organizations and DuPage County residents.  Most exhibits are designed to teach families about safety and crime prevention.  "We want kids to have fun while they are learning about safety,” Sheriff Zaruba said.  “Safety Saturday is a great way for families to spend time together and interact in a positive way with police officers and emergency personnel." 

“Our back to school safety program isn’t about arresting people and writing tickets,” Sheriff Zaruba said, “it is about teaching our children how to keep themselves safe while reminding drivers of their responsibility to not only drive safely, but to keep our children and our communities safe.”