Illinois State Police step up traffic enforcement in metro-east
Drivers around the metro-east may have noticed an increase in Illinois state troopers for the past month.
That's because the troopers were out in force from May 1 to June 1 working Selective Traffic Enforcement Patrols. The STEP patrols were funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Traffic Safety.
" The funds that cover these overtime details allow for these troopers to be able to focus on the efforts to reduce the "fatal five" violations. ... The Fatal Five are DUI, speeding, occupant restraint, following too closely and improper lane usage," said Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Jerry Culp.
Troopers worked nine details during May with the following results:
• 720 total citations
• 143 written warnings
• 258 speeding citations
• 61 written warnings for speeding
• 41 seat belt citations
• One DUI arrest
• Four open alcohol citations
• -Three wanted on warrant arrests
• -Seven arrests for suspended driver's licenses
• 25 motorist assists.