Champaign Police STEP up Traffic Enforcement

The Champaign Police Department reminds motorists of the importance of maintaining a safe travel speed and following all traffic laws.  To promote traffic safety and address community concerns about speeding and other moving violations, Champaign Police have reimplemented directed patrols under the Strategic Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). Under STEP, officers will be specifically assigned to monitor for ongoing traffic concerns throughout Champaign, and to directly intervene when unsafe behavior is identified.

“Our community members and neighborhoods have expressed their concerns about excessive speeding and other traffic violations, and Champaign Police have increased our enforcement efforts to keep everyone safe,” said Chief of Police Timothy T. Tyler. “We are asking our residents and visitors to slow down and to not put yourself or others at risk. Some of our young people are already back in school and I want to remind everyone to slow down in school zones and to watch out for pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists.”

Assigned traffic details under STEP will be coordinated throughout the community along both major thoroughfares and in neighborhoods. Assigned enforcement areas will rotate frequently to ensure that traffic concerns are addressed across the entire city. Police officers will focus on reducing speeding, ensuring compliance with stop signs and traffic signals, and reducing aggressive driving. As drivers hit the road, they are reminded to:

  • Obey posted speed limits, especially in school and construction zones where speeding presents greater dangers.
  • Fully stop at all stop signs and yield the right of way to traffic that is not required to stop.
  • Put down phones and other devices that can distract the attention of the driver.
  • All passengers should buckle their seatbelts and children should be properly secured in child safety seats.
  • Remember that yellow traffic lights warn drivers to slow down and prepare to stop.
  • Fully stop at all red traffic lights.
  • Do not pass other vehicles in no-passing zones, which is indicated with two yellow stripes on the pavement.
  • Pull over and yield to all first responder vehicles operating with flashing lights and/or sirens.
  • Report incidents of aggressive driving to the Champaign Police Department at 217-333-8911.

Residents who would like to request a traffic detail in their area of the community should contact the Champaign Police Department by calling 217-351-4545 or emailing [email protected].