District 12 troopers of the Illinois State Police will be conducting Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrols in Effingham County this month. The patrols allow the State Police to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated with impaired driving and illegal transportation or consumption of alcohol and other drugs.
The patrols are an important safety effort, as alcohol and drug impairment remain significant factors in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Safety.
Patrols focusing on if drivers and passengers are wearing their seatbelt will be conducted throughout the month as well.