Traffic law violators beware. The Edwardsville Police Department is looking for you.
On Monday, the EPD will kick off another special traffic enforcement period.
The period will end on Feb. 25.
That means more officers than normal will hit the streets for the next two weeks patrolling specifically for traffic violations like speeding, driving under the influence (DUI) and seatbelt violations.
The EPD has been successful in the past.
During the last period (Dec. 17 to Jan. 1), the EPD netted more than 200 traffic citations including 19 DUIs.
In addition to traffic violations, the EPD will also have a zero-tolerance policy in effect for all alcohol related violations and seat belt/child safety restraint violations as well as designated seat belt enforcement zones at various locations and times throughout the city.
Special traffic enforcement periods are funded through an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) grant and the EPD has been participating in the program for several years.
As part of the grant, IDOT reimburses the department for the cost to have additional officer on duty.
The goal behind the grant is to help reduce alcohol violations, traffic crash injuries and fatalities.
Lt. Scott Evers said the grant gives the EPD more officers on duty to combat traffic violations and hopefully reduce traffic crash injuries and fatalities.
"Our job is to make the roads as safe as we possibly can. The Edwardsville PD has always been very proactive in DUI enforcement. This grant allows us to put even more officers on the streets during times when there is a statistically higher percentage of impaired drivers," Evers said. "In 2007, we had only one fatal traffic accident in the corporate limits. But, due to our continued growth, we handled over 1,000 traffic accidents in 2007. In 2007, we made 218 misdemeanor DUI arrests and 11 felony DUI arrests. We also made nine zero tolerance arrests."
The numbers prove EPD has been successful in this effort as it has reported no fatalities or serious alcohol related traffic accidents during this fiscal year.
Evers said, "There is no way to measure it statistically in terms of accidents prevented, but I feel that when you remove that many impaired drivers from the roads, you have a very good probability that you have prevented some traffic accidents and possibly saved some lives."