|SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) will take "steps" this Thanksgiving to provide additional highway safety by launching Special Traffic Enforcement Program (s.T.E.P.) waves November 11-25. The waves consist of increased enforcement periods and community education efforts directed at problem traffic areas in an effort to reduce violations of speeding, occupant restraint, DUI, and other alcohol violations.|
Traffic collisions remain one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths for persons age five through 33, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. It is projected that 80 additional lives can be saved, almost 2,700 injuries avoided, and more than $150 million cut from health care costs each year for each 10 percent rise in the rate of safety belt use.
The s.T.E.P. waves coincide with the Click-It or Ticket Campaign which encompasses the Thanksgiving C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) enforcement period. The ISP will join other law enforcement agencies to enforce seat belt and child restraint violations during these traffic safety initiatives.
Illinois State Police Director Sam W. Nolen emphasized the importance of driving carefully and obeying traffic laws by saying, "Each day, families are devastated by traffic crashes. Protect yourself and your family this holiday period, and every day, by buckling-up and taking a stand against impaired driving."
The s.T.E.P. patrols are funded by a grant from the United States Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation/Division of Traffic Safety.