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St. Charles Police Releases Holiday Enforcement Numbers

The St. Charles Police conducted additional traffic enforcement Dec. 17–Jan. 2, reminding motorists to buckle up and not drive impaired, day or night, as part of the nationwide Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. The St. Charles Police joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce highway deaths by issuing citations to unbuckled motorists and arresting impaired drivers. 

During the 16 day mobilization, St. Charles Police issued:

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

  • Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source and don’t block an exit.

  • Water the tree daily.

  • Replace worn strings of lights and only connect strings according to manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.


A Sensible Approach to Salting our Roads

In past winters, road salt has been in high demand in our area. Taking a sensible approach to salting the roads is important both economically and environmentally. Using salt efficiently reduces costs. Less salt on the roadway also means less runoff into the Fox River and less absorption into the ground.

Anti-Icing Arsenal

Our Public Works Department uses both brine and salt to keep St. Charles roads free of ice and to assist the plows in clearing the snow.

Safety Tips for Weathering a Winter Storm

From the St. Charles Fire Department


St. Charles just experienced its first significant snowfall of the season. According to the National Weather Service, 8.1 inches of heavy, wet snow was dumped on St. Charles. Heavy snow and cold weather can pose serious health risks, especially with prolonged exposure. Children and the elderly are at the highest risk during these winter storms.

Please review the following winter storm safety tips from the St. Charles Fire Department to help you weather this storm and be prepared for the next one:

Halloween Traffic Enforcement Campaigns Get Results

The St. Charles Police Department completed the Halloween Mobilization campaign associated with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this effort to save lives by getting impaired drivers off the roads and more people buckled up. The enforcement crackdown took place from Friday, October 26, through the early morning hours of Thursday, November 1. Officers assigned to this detail made:

This Halloween, Keep Scares off the Road

The St. Charles Police Department today reminded motorists of the dangers of impaired driving, particularly on Halloween when little ghouls and goblins are out in neighborhoods and on busy streets after dark. If you plan to be out celebrating, keep this fearsome warning in mind: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. October 26th through November 1st, additional officers will be assigned to DUI and seat belt enforcement.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: