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St. Charles police targeting drunken drivers, seat belt violators

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:31 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:29 p.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – Drunken drivers and seat belt violators are at greater risk of being ticketed in St. Charles, as officers are cracking down on those offenses through July 6, according to a St. Charles Police Department news release.

The extra enforcement is part of the police department's continuing support of the Illinois Department of Transportation's Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program, or STEP.

STEP aims to reduce the incidence of motor vehicle crashes – and the resulting injuries and fatalities – through increased highly visible enforcement of occupant restraint, impaired driving, speed and pedestrian safety during national and state enforcement campaigns.

Seat-belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Research has shown that when seat belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

The "Click It or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement began Monday.

Visit www.buckleupillinois.org for information.

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