Illinois State Police officers will conduct traffic enforcement patrols Saturday through Monday, May 26, in La Salle and Bureau counties.

Illinois State Police District 17 officers will focus enforcement on U.S., state and interstate highways and concentrate on speeding, failure to use occupant restraints and other driving offenses.

The patrols involve a combination of increased enforcement and public information designed to raise public awareness and compliance with all traffic laws.

In 2005, speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes nationwide. In Illinois, speed-related crashes accounted for 39 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Safety belt enforcement zones also may be used during the program. Officers will enforce primary safety belt law to ensure drivers and their passengers are buckled up. Every hour someone dies in America because they are not wearing their safety belt.

Statistics show half of all people killed in traffic crashes are not properly restrained.
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