SP looking for impaired drivers through March

Published: Friday, March 2, 2007 2:53 PM CST
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CARMI - Illinois State Police District 19 will be conducting patrols looking for alcohol-impaired drivers in all seven counties within the district, Capt. Rich Fulkerson announced Wednesday.

The Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) Patrols allow troopers to target an area with saturation patrols focusing on stopping impaired drivers and those illegally transportating or consuming alcohol and other drugs, according to a release from the ISP.

On a nationwide average one traffic death occurs every 31 minutes and someone is injured in an alcohol-related crash every two minutes, according to the release.

Alcohol and drugs factor into over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in the state, the release indicates.

The ACE Patrols are part of the "You Drink and Drive, You Lose" campaign funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.