Across the country, an average of one alcohol-related traffic death occurs every 45 minutes. Alcohol and drug impairment are significant factors in more than 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.
COLLINSVILLE – Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Capt. Joe Kollins has announced Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) and Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in St. Clair or Madison counties during June.
Officers working NITE patrols will be watchful for drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, not properly buckled up and driving under the influence.
Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in more than 40 percent of fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired drivers.
The nighttime patrols are designed to keep roads safe by taking DUI offenders off the road and ensuring vehicle occupants are buckled up.
OREP allows state troopers to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on traffic violations and related compliance with safety belt and child safety seat laws. Safety belt enforcement zones will be set up to ensure the driver and passengers are buckled up. Illinois law requires all vehicle passengers, front and back, to be buckled up.
Safety belts are one of the most effective safety devices in vehicles, estimated to save about 16,000 lives each year. More than half of vehicle occupants killed in a traffic crash were not properly buckled up.
The program’s objective is to increase compliance of occupant restraint laws through education, child seat inspections and enforcement. Greater awareness, acceptance and use of occupant protection equipment will save many lives.
The projects are funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.