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Drivers south of the Quad Cities should be mindful of extra police enforcement throughout the month of May.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) planned to have extra officers out watching for traffic violations.

In Warren County, the ISP planned to conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols with officers cracking down on unsafe drivers, those driving with suspended or revoked licenses, open alcohol containers, driving under the influence and seatbelt violators.

In Hancock County troopers set out to watch for seatbelt violators during Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in May. During this time, troopers planned to have enforcement zones set-up to check for driver and passenger seatbelts.

“OREP allows the ISP to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on traffic violations and related compliance with safety belt and child safety seat laws,” said District 14 Commander, Captain Robert Elliot. “Illinois law requires all vehicle passengers (front and back) to be buckled up!”

Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) were planned for Henderson County, which included officers checking for impaired driving, suspended or revoked licenses, open alcohol containers, and driving under the influence.

“Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois,” said Elliot. “RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the raod.”

Between May 9 and 26, the ISP planned to have extra troopers watching for speeding, seatbelt violations, and other driving offenses as part of a special Traffic Enforcement Patrol program. The program applied to Fulton, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren Counties.

These projects were funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.

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