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Grant to aid St. Charles police on holiday watch

Published: Saturday, June 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – With the help of a state grant, St. Charles police plan to conduct traffic patrols through the Fourth of July weekend, targeting drunken drivers and those who fail to wear their seat belts.

The St. Charles Police Department received a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program, otherwise known as a STEP grant, to conduct traffic patrols from Friday through July 7.

Police said that it only takes a second or two to buckle up, and it doesn’t cost anything.

Research has shown that proper use of lap and shoulder belts reduces the risk of a fatal injury for a front-seat passenger in a car by 45 percent, according to a news release.

Seat belts also are shown to reduce the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.

“Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt,” the release states. “It is the best defense against a drunk driver.”

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