ISP to crack down on impaired driving in March

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — Illinois State Police will conduct alcohol and impaired driving enforcement during the month of March.

ISP District 14 officials said troopers will focus on Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) and Nighttime Traffic Enforcement (NITE).

The ACE patrols will consist of removing impaired drivers and other alcohol related offenses. The NITE patrols will look out for other common Illinois Vehicle Code violations that contribute to crashes. Officials said examples of those violations are speeding, following too closely and distracted driving.

Impaired driving is a factor in more than 30 percent of traffic deaths in Illinois, according to ISP. Speeding is a factor in nearly 35 percent of fatal crashes and nearly 50 percent of vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes were known to not be buckled up.

Officials said these details will particularly focus on the week of St. Patrick’s Day.