COLLINSVILLE — District 11 Commander Capt. Joe Kollins announced that the Illinois State Police will conduct occupant restraint enforcement patrols in St. Clair or Madison counties during August.
The patrols allow 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 also will be set up to ensure the driver and passengers are buckled up. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, state law requires all vehicle passengers (front and back) to be buckled up.
Seat 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 program’s objective 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.
Roadside safety checks
Troopers also may conduct roadside safety checks in August.
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 their consumption of alcohol within the allowable limits, or not drive a motor vehicle after drinking. Safety checks are designed to keep roads safe by taking drunken drivers 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 approximately 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois. Each year in Illinois, hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes.
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.
The 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.