EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Illinois State Police will conduct Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) in Clark, Cumberland, Effingham. Fayette and Marion counties during November, ISP District 12 Commander Captain Cory Ristvedt announced today.
These sTEPs allow the ISP to focus on violations which contribute the greatest to traffic crashes and fatalities:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Safety belt and child restraint use
- Distracted driving
The ISP will increase daytime and nighttime patrols to ensure the safety of travelers through enforcement of all traffic safety laws. Impaired driving is a factor in more than 30% of traffic deaths in Illinois. Likewise, speeding is a factor in nearly 35% of fatal crashes and nearly 50% of vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes were known to not be buckled up. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.