The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) is continuing its Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) by participating in an increased enforcement effort this Fourth of July holiday. From 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. June 22- July 4, the PCSO will intensify enforcement directed at impaired driving. Motorists should watch for sheriff’s patrols; they’ll be watching for you.
Due to a Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office is able to increase traffic safety enforcement – namely impaired driving enforcement – during its Fourth of July campaign. The Sheriff’s Office was awarded $7,659.45 from the State’s Division of Traffic Safety to be used for these enhanced safety restraint and impaired driving enforcement efforts throughout the year.
The purpose of STEP is to lower the incidence of motor vehicle crashes – and their resulting injuries and fatalities – through increased highly visible enforcement of safety belt use and impaired driving during national and state enforcement campaigns. The stepped-up, year-long traffic enforcement efforts focus on specific times of year and specific times of day when data shows impaired driving and unbuckled fatalities are highest. The increased patrol presence deters potential impaired drivers and potential unbuckled drivers. Through the STEP campaign, increased traffic enforcement has a positive impact on reducing serious injuries and fatalities on our roadways.
For more information on the STEP grant, please call the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office at 697-8515.