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Special patrols in May announced by Illinois State Police District 19


Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, announcesthe ISP will conduct
Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) in White and Saline Counties during May. The use of RSCs combine a strong
sense of public awareness and enforcement in order to save lives of the motoring public.
The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois.

Officers working the detail 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, and most importantly:

– Driving Under the Influence (DUI);
– Safety Belt and Child Restraint use;
– Speeding;
– Distracted Driving; and,
– All Illinois Vehicle Code and Criminal Violations.

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, and
throughout the U.S., nearly 10,000 people die each year due to alcohol-impaired driving. RSCs are designed to
keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project is funded through the Illinois
Department of Transportation

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, announcesthe ISP will conduct
an Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol (OREP) in Edwards, White, Hamilton, and Wayne Counties during
May. OREPs allow the ISP to focus on safety belt and child safety seat laws. Illinois law requires all vehicle
passengers (front and back) to be buckled up!

Safety belts are still one of the most effective safety devices in vehicles, estimated to save nearly 14,000 lives
each year. Half of vehicle occupants killed in a traffic crash were not properly buckled up. The objective of this
program is to increase occupant restraint compliance through education, child seat inspections, and enforcement.

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, announces the ISP will conduct Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) in Wayne, White, and Saline Counties during May. These sTEPs are planned during daytime and nighttime hours and will allow the ISP to focus on these fatal four violations which contribute the greatest to traffic crashes and fatalities:

– Driving Under the Influence (DUI);
– Safety Belt and Child Restraint use;
– Speeding; and,
– Distracted Driving.

The ISP will increase our daytime and nighttime patrols to ensure the safety of vehicle travelers through
enforcement of all traffic safety laws. Impaired driving is a factor in more than 30 percent of traffic deaths in
Illinois. Likewise, speeding is a factor in nearly 35 percent of fatal crashes; and, nearly 50 percent of vehicle
occupants killed in traffic crashes were known to not be buckled up. This project is funded through the Illinois
Department of Transportation.

Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, announcesthe ISP will conduct
a Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrol in White and Hamilton Counties during May. NITE patrols allow 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.
The number of unrestrained drivers killed in traffic crashes is significantly higher at nighttime and combined with
impaired driving means even more traffic deaths during these critical hours. Officers will strictly enforce
violations including:

– Driving Under the Influence (DUI);
– Safety Belt and Child Restraint use;
– Speeding;
– Distracted Driving; and,
– All Illinois Vehicle Code and Criminal Violations.

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.