Illinois State Police District 11 Acting Commander Timothy Tyler has announced officers will conduct Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols, Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols and Nighttime Enforcement Patrols during November in Madison and St. Clair Counties.
Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols
Troopers will concentrate on speeding, failure to use occupant restraints, and other driving offenses as part of their enforcement efforts. The program involves a combination of increased enforcement and public information designed to raise public awareness and compliance to traffic laws. Speeding is a contributing factor in 31 percent of fatal crashes nationwide. In Illinois, speed-related crashes account for over 40 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Safety Belt Enforcement Zones may also be used during the program. Troopers will enforce the primary safety belt law to ensure drivers and all of their passengers are buckled up. Every hour someone dies in America because the victim is not wearing a safety belt. Statistics show half of people killed in traffic crashes are not properly buckled up.
Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols
These patrols 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. Safety belt enforcement zones will also be set up to ensure the driver and passengers are buckled up.
The objective of this program is to increase compliance of occupant restraint laws through education, child seat inspections and enforcement.
Nighttime Enforcement Patrols
Officers 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.
Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in more than 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.
These nighttime patrols are designed to take DUI offenders off the road and ensure vehicle occupants are buckled up.
The patrols are funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.