ISP will watch motorists
By Stacey Creasy
Published: Monday, April 30, 2007 12:45 PM CDT
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MONMOUTH - Alcohol, speeding and failing to use seat belts play a role in too many traffic fatalities which is why the Illinois State Police will continue its special Traffic Enforcement Patrols in May.

Illinois State Police troopers from District 14 in Macomb, which covers Warren County, will conduct the s.T.E.P. details from May 1 until June 3 in Warren. Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, and McDonough counties.

Captain Robert L. Elliott, District 14 Commander, said the troopers will focus on motorists who are speeding, driving impaired, or fail to use seat belts and child restraints.

Elliott said s.T.E.P.'s mission is to take dangerous drivers off the road, and to educate all drivers regarding traffic laws.

The details are being continued because certain stats concern police. In 2003, speeding was a contributing factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S. Elliott said that number is even higher in Illinois where speeding was a factor in 39 percent of all fatal accidents in the state.

Impaired drivers are also a concern. Drunk drivers kill more people each year than all street drugs combined.

Safety belt enforcement zones will also be used during the s.T.E.P. patrols. The troopers will enforce safety belt laws to ensure drivers and passengers are buckled up.

Statistics show someone dies in a crash every hour in the U.S. simply because they did not use seat belts. The same stats show about 50 percent of all people killed in traffic accidents were not properly buckled up.

As part of the Click It or Ticket campaign s.T.E.P. is funded through a grant from the United stated Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.