"Pro-active" policing leads to fewer traffic accidents

By Marlon D. Holmes

March 8, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:04 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- When it comes to achieving goals, East Peoria Police Chief Ed Papis said their goal of reducing risky driving is being met.

Papis said it's all thanks to the department's "pro-active" approach as well as grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Between 2003 and 2010, the city has seen a 40 percent drop in traffic accidents.

Even with the drop, Chief Papis still has a message for young drivers.

"Young drivers need to be absolutely vigilant at all times to their driving, to their speed," said Papis. "Do not be distracted by your cell phone, and do not, do not text while driving."

Papis said motorists should not be nervous at the idea of "pro-active" policing but instead should feel confident and secure in the notion that officers are reacting to what they see as dangerous driving.

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