COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) — Illinois State Police District 11 announced enforcement figures for the recent special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) wave conducted April 23rd through June 16 in Madison and St. Clair Counties.
The sTEP program involves a combination of increased enforcement and community education designed to raise public awareness and compliance with all traffic laws. A special emphasis was placed on speeding, failure to wear a safety belt, DUI, and other alcohol-related offenses.
The patrolling officers handed out over 460 citations, over half of which were for speeding the next closest was seat belts at 57. Seven DUIs were handed out.
The Illinois police department reminds the public that slowing down and observing the speed limit not only saves lives, but also saves on gas.
Additionally, safety belts are proven to be the most effective safety devices in vehicles today and are estimated to save over 16,000 lives each year.This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.