Illinois State Police (ISP) District 22 Commander Capt. Michael Alvey has announced the ISP will conduct two safety patrols in Massac County during October.

“The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois,” Alvey said. “Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) combine a strong sense of public awareness and enforcement in order to save lives of the motoring public, while Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) patrols allow the ISP to focus on preventing, detecting and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.”

Officers working the RCS detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and/or transporting open alcoholic beverages.

“Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30% of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois; throughout the U.S., nearly 10,000 people die each year due to alcohol-impaired driving,” Alvey said. “RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.

“The NITE program allows officers to work even harder at removing dangerous impaired drivers from the road and making sure everyone is buckled up,” Alvey continued. “Over half of all fatal crashes in Illinois occur at night. The number of unrestrained drivers killed in traffic crashes is significantly higher at nighttime and combined with impaired driving means even more traffic deaths during these critical hours.”

Both projects, funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, will be looking for driving under the influence (DUI); safety belt and child restraint use; speeding; distracted driving; and all Illinois vehicle code and criminal violations.

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