COLLINSVILLE — Interim Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Timothy Tyler announced state troopers will conduct special patrols next month designed to remove unsafe motorists in St. Clair or Madison counties.
Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) allow troopers to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on traffic violations and related compliance with safety belt and child safety seat laws. Seat belt enforcement zones will also be set up to ensure the driver and passengers are buckled up.
Seat belts are one of the most effective safety devices in vehicles, estimated to save more than 16,000 lives each year. More than half of vehicle occupants killed in a crash were not properly buckled up.
Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement Patrols (ACE) allow troopers to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on preventing, detecting and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol and other drugs.
Across the country, an average of one alcohol-related traffic death occurs every 51 minutes. Alcohol and drug impairment remain significant factors in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois.
Officers working Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) will watch 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.
The three special patrols are funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
A roadside safety check is an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public. The potential to come across these checks encourages motorists to arrange designated drivers, keep their consumption of alcohol within the allowable limits, or not drive a motor vehicle after drinking.
Officers will watch for drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, and transporting open alcoholic beverages.
The roadside safety check is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.