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Illinois State Police announce special traffic enforcement

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - During the month of May, you may notice more Illinois state troopers on the roads in Adams County.

Until May 31, officers will be conducting special traffic enforcement patrols.

Trooper Mike Kindhart says they will be concentrating on the fatal four; driving under the influence, speeding, not wearing seatbelts and distracted driving.

"Seat belts are a choice," Kindhart said. "It's something you decide to do as soon as you get in your vehicle and whether you ask your passengers to buckle up or not. But, for these young drivers, the young drivers can be accountable for the passengers in the vehicle when it comes to occupant restraints."

Speed-related crashes account for more than 40 percent of all traffic fatalities in Illinois.

"Anytime that we can be seen out there in the public, we know that it makes a difference to the mindset of drivers," Kindhart said. "A driver sees an officer and the first thing they do is take their foot off the accelerator, look at their speed and make sure that they're not speeding."

Kindhart says the enforcement is important during this time of year because of prom, graduation, and summer vacation season.
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