ALTON — The Alton Police Department will be out in force Dec. 19 through Jan. 4 of the New Year as part of the annual Illinois Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on drunk drivers. The statewide crackdown will include high-visibility alcohol and belt enforcement throughout Alton.
The statewide crackdown will be supported by national and state paid advertising, creating a campaign to curb drunken driving during the holiday season.
The Alton Police Department said its officers will aggressively be looking for drunken drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. In addition, front and back seat belt law violators will be ticketed.
The Alton Police Department is giving fair warning to all partygoers.
“You’ll see us out there during this highly visible enforcement period,” Traffic Division Supervisor Sgt. Mike Gordon said. “Drunk drivers will be arrested and those not observing seat belt laws will be ticketed.”
Gordon said being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Drunken drivers face jail time, loss of their driver’s licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of employment.
“Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk,” Gordon said. “So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Illinois State Police roadside safety checks
COLLINSVILLE — Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Capt. Joe Kollins announced that the Illinois State Police may conduct roadside safety checks in St. Clair or Madison counties in January.
Roadside safety checks aim to generate 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. Safety checks are designed to take DUI offenders off the road.
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 fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. Each year in Illinois, hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes.
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.
Occupant restraint enforcement patrols
The Illinois State Police also will conduct occupant restraint enforcement patrols in St. Clair or Madison counties during January.
The patrols allow the ISP 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 also 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 more than 16,000 lives each year. More than half of vehicle occupants killed in a traffic crash were not properly buckled up.
The objective of this program is to increase compliance of occupant restraint laws through education, child seat inspections and enforcement.
This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.