CAMPTON HILLS – You’re driving the speed limit, you’re staying in your lane, your phone is hands free and your seat belt is fastened.
So why is that Campton Hills police officer pulling you over?
It’s not to give you a ticket, said Police Chief Steven Millar, but to give you a reward for safe driving.
Through July and August, Campton Hills police see an increase in unsafe driving, and crashes increase in the summer, so the department is instituting a Safe Driving Campaign, according to a news release.
The idea is to reward people who are fastening seat belts, staying off their cell phones, stopping at stop signs, driving the speed limit and driving safely overall, the release stated.
Officers will not be requesting to see driver’s licenses or proof of insurance during these stops, but instead, Officers will be rewarding these safe drivers with coupons from local businesses for free items.
The program is designed to reinforce safe driving habits, but the bigger reward for safe driving is no traffic tickets, fewer accidents and lives saved, the release stated.
Participating businesses in Campton Hills are Dairy Queen, McDonalds, Taylor Street Pizza, Outpost Marathon. Participating businesses in St. Charles are Culvers, Just Kabobs, Muscle Maker Grill, Oberweis, Standard Car Wash and 7-11 Stores, the release stated.