Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 Commander Captain Nathan Douglas announced Wednesday that ISP will be conducting nighttime enforcement patrols in Wayne, Saline, and Gallatin counties during December and early-January.
According to Douglas, the nighttime patrols will allow ISP to better prevent, detect, and take enforcement action in response to impaired driving among other violations.
ISP Officers will strictly enforce violations including:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Safety Belt and Child Restraint use
- Distracted Driving
- All Illinois Vehicle Code and Criminal Violations
The new nighttime patrols will focus on stopping violators especially between the hours of 9:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
According to ISP, the number of unrestrained drivers killed in traffic crashes is significantly higher at nighttime, and combined with impaired drivers, even more traffic deaths occur during the later hours of the night.
The increased nighttime patrols project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.