Illinois State Police District 11 Interim Commander Timothy Tyler announced Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement, Nighttime Enforcement and Roadside Safety Checks patrols in St. Clair and Madison counties during January.
The ACE patrols allow the ISP 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.
Officers working NITE patrols 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.
Roadside safety checks encourage motorists to arrange designated drivers, keep their consumption of alcohol within the allowable limits and not drive after drinking.
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.