Effingham, IL – Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Kelly Hodge, have announced that officers will conduct special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEP) during the month of November in Clark, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, and Marion Counties. District 12 Troopers will concentrate on speeding, failure to use occupant restraints, and other driving offenses as part of their enforcement efforts. The sTEP program involves a combination of increased enforcement and public information designed to raise public awareness and compliance to all traffic laws. Safety Belt Enforcement Zones may also be used during the sTEP program. This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.