Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Capt. Joe Kollins announced police may conduct roadside safety checks and occupant restraint enforcement patrols in Madison or St. Clair counties in October.
A roadside safety check is a tool for generating voluntary compliance by motorists. The potential to come across these checks encourages motorists to arrange designated drivers, keep alcohol consumption within allowable limits, or not drive a vehicle after drinking.
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 crashes in Illinois.
Occupant restraint enforcement patrols allow State Police 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.
Safety belts are one of the most effective safety devices in vehicles today, estimated to save over 16,000 lives each year. Over half of vehicle occupants killed in a traffic crash were not properly buckled up.
Officers also will be watchful for drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and transporting open alcoholic beverages.
Roadside safety checks are 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 are funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.