Interim Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Timothy Tyler announced Monday the Illinois State Police will conduct Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) and Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols in St. Clair or Madison counties in February.
OREP allows officers to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on traffic violations and compliance with safety belt and child safety seat laws. Safety belt enforcement zones will also be set up to ensure drivers and passengers are buckled up.
Safety belts are estimated to save more than 16,000 lives each year. Approximately half of vehicle occupants killed in a traffic 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.
The ACE patrols allow officers 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.
Nationwide, 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. Each year in Illinois, hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes.
Both projects are funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Safety.