PECATONICA (WIFR) Illinois State Police District 16 announced enforcement results for the recent special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) wave conducted November18 through December 1, 2013 in Winnebago County. STEP patrols focused on Interstate 90, Interstate 39 and U.S. 20
54 Occupant restraint citations
4 Drug/alcohol-related arrests
200 Speeding citations 200
51 Speeding written warnings
108 Total written warnings
296 Total citations/arrests
Slowing down and observing the speed limit not only saves lives,but also saves on gas. Additionally, safety belts are proven to be the most effective safety devices in vehicles today and are estimated to save over 12,000 lives each year. The sTEP program involves a combination of increased enforcement and community education designed to raise public awareness and compliance with all traffic laws. A special emphasis was placed on speeding, failure to wear a safety belt, DUI, and other alcohol-related offenses in areas that experience the highest level of traffic problems. This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.