LITCHFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) District 18 Interim Commander, Lieutenant William Guard, announced Wednesday the ISP will conduct Roadside Safety Checks (RSCs) in Jersey County during the month of March.

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Lt. Guard said the use of RSCs combine with a strong sense of public awareness and enforcement in order to save lives of the motoring public.

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"The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois," Guard said. "Officers working the detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, and most importantly:

- Driving Under the Influence (DUI);
- Safety Belt and Child Restraint use;
- Speeding;
- Distracted Driving; and,
- All Illinois Vehicle Code and Criminal Violations."

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois, and throughout the U.S., nearly 10,000 people die each year due to alcohol-impaired driving.

"RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road," Guard said. "This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation."

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