Summer is upon us and travelling season typically picks up around Memorial Day week. There a lot of travelers on the road beginning that weekend and the Illinois State Police are responding. In a press release, the department announced that officers will conduct special traffic enforcement patrols –referred to as “sTEP” between Tuesday, May 12, and Sunday, May 24, in LaSalle County. The troopers will concentrate on speeding, failure to use occupant restraints and other driving offenses as part of their enforcement efforts. The sTEP program involves a combination of increased enforcement and public information designed to raise public awareness and compliance to all traffic laws.
According to the press release speeding is a contributing factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes nationwide. In Illinois, speed-related car crashes account for over 40 percent of all traffic fatalities.
I would imagine we will see multiple traffic enforcement programs from state an local police over the Memorial Day weekend, which could include DUI stop zones and extra awareness on distracted drivers. As the weather gets nice there are a lot more of us out on the roads, so be safe.
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It seems unbelievable to me that children are still left unbelted. Apparently it is still a problem in Illinois as Governor Quinn is set to sign a bill that would increase the fines for these violations.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois drivers would be fined $75 for not properly securing children eight years and younger, up from $50. Subsequent offenses would carry a $200 fine.
First-time offenders could have the fine waived if they complete a training course on the proper installation and use of safety seats.
“The idea is to encourage education about proper use,” said Grant Klinzman, a spokesman for Quinn’s office.
I guess this is necessary or the legislature would not be taking this preventative. Of course, this blogger recommends everyone wear a seat belt, despite your age.
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