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 all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.
The Illinois State Police are looking to take dangerous drivers off the roads this month.
Illinois State Police District 11 Interim Commander Timothy Tyler announced troopers will conduct alcohol countermeasure patrols, roadside safety checks, nighttime patrols and occupant restraint patrols in St. Clair and Madison counties.
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.
Alcohol and drug impairment remain significant factors in approximately 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois.
Roadside safety checks aim generating voluntary compliance by motorists. The potential to come across these checks encourages motorists to arrange designated drivers, keep their consumption of alcohol within allowable limits, or not drive a motor vehicle after drinking. 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.
Officers working NITE patrols 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. These nighttime patrols are designed to remove DUI offenders and ensuring vehicle occupants are buckled up.
The occupant restraint 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 also will be set up to ensure the driver and passengers are buckled up.
Safety belts are estimated to save more than 16,000 lives each year. More than half of vehicle occupants killed in a 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.