LITCHFIELD - Illinois State Police District 18, announces patrol activity during the month of September. Troopers responded to 117 requests for service and/or assistance from the public. These calls included 19 motorist assists which are requests for service from motorists whose vehicles were disabled or in need of assistance on area highways.

In addition, Troopers handled 31 traffic crashes throughout the five counties of Montgomery, Macoupin, Greene, Jersey and Calhoun. ISP D-18 did not handle any fatal crash in September.

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District 18 officers completed 248 Motor Carrier Safety Inspections on commercial motor vehicles resulting in 16 vehicles/drivers being placed out of service for safety related violations.

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Traffic enforcement activities resulted in 10 total alcohol related arrests which include 5 citations for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs. In addition, 572 citations were issued and the FATAL FOUR violations break down as follows, 5-DUI, 302-Speeding, 60-Occupant Restraint, and 22-Distracted Driving. Troopers also made 23 criminal arrests throughout the month of September.

In September, District 18 personnel presented Safety Education Programs to various schools, business and civic organizations. Audiences were educated on topics covering; Alcohol Awareness, Seatbelt/Child Restraint Safety, Distracted Driving, Computer Crimes/Internet Safety, School Bullying, Rules of the Road and various other public safety topics.

District 18 Troopers will be busy during the month of October. In addition to normal patrols, District 18 will be conducting OREP and NITE patrols in Montgomery and Macoupin County. The goals are simple, reduce fatalities and make Illinois roadways safer through education and increased enforcement. One driving fatality is one too many and Illinois State Police are committed to driving zero fatalities to a reality.

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