STAY ALIVE ON I-55 CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS
The Illinois State Police announced the results of the Stay Alive on I-55 traffic initiative that was conducted Friday, May 25th. The Fatal Five that officers were looking for included DUI, speed, seat belt use, improper lane usage, and following too closely. A total of 596 Fatal Five citations were given along with 164 Fatal Five warnings. Over 90 other citations and over 160 other warnings were issued that day. Other tickets included nearly 30 for Scott's Law, which is giving the right of way to emergency vehicles alongside the road. Thirteen individuals were arrested on criminal charges and 10 non-injury accidents occurred. A total of 61 motorist's assists were also called in Friday.
Troopers from District's Chicago, 2, 5, 6, 9, 11 and 18 were on patrol on the I-55 stretch of highway from St. Louis to Chicago. The special campaign kicked off the Memorial Day weekend enforcement.
TIPS ON SAVING FUEL
With the gasoline prices continuing to rise, and the trend not expected to stop any time soon, the Federal Trace Commission offers a few tips on how to drive more efficiently and improve your gas mileage. Try to stay within speed limits, as gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 mph. Stop aggressive driving, as rapid stops and starts can decrease your gas mileage by 5%. Don't leave your car in idle for more than 5 minutes, as it wastes fuel and pollutes the air. And if your car has overdrive, use the gear when it's appropriate.
The Federal Trade Commission also reminds to keep your car engine tuned, as it increases the cars conditions and gas mileage by 4%. And always try to keep your tires properly inflated and aligned. This also can increase gas mileage up to 4%. And change your oil according to recommendations, along with the air filters.
NUMBERS OF CITATIONS BEING ISSUED DECREASES
Residents are becoming more aware of the necessity of putting on the seatbelt in the car, as less tickets are being issued during the safety belt enforcement zones over the last week. Tuesday evening in two checkpoints throughout Greenville, during the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign, only a few tickets were issued to individuals.
Greenville Police were at College and Eastern around 7PM and issued two driver, one passenger and one child under 16 no seatbelt citations. Around 9PM Officers were then located at College and Elm where they issued two driver and two passenger no seatbelt citations. The "Click It or Ticket" Campaign runs through this Sunday, June 3rd.