Illinois State Police Announce Results Of An Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol

Carmi – Illinois State Police (ISP) District 19 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, announces the results of an Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol (OREP) held in White and Hamilton Counties during May.  This OREP provided extra patrol coverage for the ISP so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were buckled up. Authorities issued 40 total citations and 5 total written warnings including 29 safety belt citations and 2 child restraint citations. Most motorists know safety belts save lives, but some ignore their safety and that of their families by neglecting to use safety belts and child restraint devices.  These patrols reinforce the occupant protection message by focusing on those who ignore the law.  Lives can be saved if people simply “buckle up!” This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.