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ISP District 19 announces results of special patrols

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, announces the results of a
Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrol in Wabash and Edwards Counties during March. This NITE patrol allowed
the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and
occupant restraint violations, especially between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Violations Enforcement Activity
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Citations 0
Other Alcohol/Drug Citations 0
Occupant Restraint Offenses 0
Registration Offenses 1
Driver’s License Offenses 4
Insurance Violations 4
Total Citations/Arrests 11
Total Written Warnings 30

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.
Over half of all fatal crashes in Illinois occur at night. The NITE program allows officers to work even harder at
removing dangerous impaired drivers from the road and making sure everyone is buckled up. This project is
funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Also announced were the results of an Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol (OREP) held in Wayne County during March. This OREP provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up.

Violations Enforcement Activity
Safety Belt Citations 24
Child Restraint Citations 1
Total Citations 38
Total Written Warnings 11

Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by neglecting
to use safety belts and child restraint devices. These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing
on those who ignore the law. Lives can be saved if people simply “buckle up!” This project is funded through
the Illinois Department of Transportation.