COLLINSVILLE — District 11 Commander Capt. Joe Kollins announced that the Illinois State Police will conduct Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement patrols in Madison and St. Clair counties in October.
The patrols 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 motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.
The project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Safety.
State Police also will conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols in St. Clair or Madison counties during October.
Officers will be watchful for drivers who are 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.
Both projects are funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.