ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Illinois State Police officials are stepping up patrols and safety checks in the Carmi area.
Officials said they will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in Saline County during May. The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois.
Officers will also conduct Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) in Wayne, White, Saline, and Gallatin Counties during May.
The ISP will increase daytime and nighttime patrols to ensure the safety of vehicle travelers through enforcement of all traffic safety laws.
Officers said they will watch for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, and most importantly:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Safety Belt and Child Restraint use
- Distracted Driving
- All Illinois Vehicle Code and Criminal Violations
Also in May, the ISP will conduct Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in Wabash, Edwards, White, and Hamilton Counties.
OREPs allow the ISP to focus on safety belt and child safety seat laws according to officers. Illinois law requires all vehicle passengers (front and back) to buckle up.
State police said the objective of this program is to increase occupant restraint compliance through education, child seat inspections, and enforcement.