Roadside safety checks will be conducted by the Illinois State Police during the month of December, according to Captain Scott Compton, Commander, Illinois State Police, District 18 in Litchfield. Alcohol is a significant factor in over 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois. Safety checks are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. Even though the primary goal of safety checks is to remove alcohol-impaired drivers, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action will be taken.
The roadside safety checks are funded through a grant provided by the United States Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety. District 18 includes the counties of Calhoun, Jersey, Greene, Macoupin and Montgomery.