Illinois State Police District 18, announced during the month of April, Troopers responded to 235 requests for service and/or assistance from the public. These calls included assisting 153 motorists whose vehicles were disabled or in need of assistance on area highways.
In addition, Troopers handled 29 traffic crashes throughout the five counties of Montgomery, Macoupin, Greene, Jersey and Calhoun. ISP D-18 did not handle any fatal crashes in April.
District 18 officers completed 112 Motor Carrier Safety Inspections on commercial motor vehicles resulting in 34 vehicles/drivers being placed out of service for safety related violations.
Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 23 total alcohol related arrests which include 10 citations for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs. In addition, 690 citations were issued for FATAL FOUR violations: 10-DUI, 371-Speeding, 76-Occupant Restraint, 28-Distracted Driving and 36-Scotts Law citations. Troopers also made 17 criminal arrests throughout the month of April.
District 18 personnel presented Safety Education Programs to various schools, business and civic organizations. Audiences were educated on topics covering; Alcohol Awareness, Seatbelt/Child Restraint Safety, Distracted Driving, Computer Crimes/Internet Safety, School Bullying, Rules of the Road and various other public safety topics.
District 18 Troopers will be busy during the month of May. In addition to normal patrols, District 18 will be conducting Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol (OREP), Road Side Safety Checks (RSC), Nighttime Enforcement (NITE) and Speed Traffic Enforcement Patrols (STEP) in Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties. The goals are simple, reduce fatalities and make Illinois roadways safer through education and increased enforcement. One driving fatality is one too many and Illinois State Police are committed to driving zero fatalities to a reality.