The Daily Herald’s Chuck Keeshan reported yesterday afternoon that Crystal Lake Police Office Sean McGrath has been awarded the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s J. Stannard Baker Award for Highway Safety.
Sponsored by the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, it “annually recognizes individual law enforcement officers and others who have made significant achievements in highway safety. The award is designed to recognize law enforcement officers and others who have made significant contributions to, or outstanding achievements in, highway safety.”
McGrath has done that through the development of Operation Click.
The program’s mission statement:
“Operation Click strives to encourage high school students to make a personal decision to wear their safety belts. This is accomplished through positive reinforcement, and prize giveaways. Operation Click has successfully raised the seat belt compliance rate among students from 65% to 95%, reducing the number of severe injuries during motor vehicle crashes and saving lives.”
I missed this year’s awards ceremony, but reported on it in 2007.
The program he supplies the heart and brain for has increased high school student seat belt use by offering incentives, including a new car from Crystal Lake Pontiac-GMC Truck, owned by Sam Oginni.
Here is the story I wrote about the 2007 award ceremony:
Here are the other stories that have appeared on McHenry County Blog:
This is a program that could started in any community. A new car is not needed. A used one would do, I think.
Crystal Lake Police Officer Sean McGrath can be seen working a tanker truck accident at Route 14 and Coventry Lane.
Below the two teens with Operation Click tee shirts is Kate McNamee, winner of the 2007 new Pontiac from Sam Oginni, owner of Crystal Lake Pontiac.
Next McGrath tends to one of the details before the 2007 luncheon. You can see the wrecked car in which Oginni’s daughter was not killed.
At the bottom Kate McNamee hugs Same Oginni after winning his car in May of 2007.