DES PLAINES, Ill. (STMW) – State Police announced Saturday that troopers will be conducting special enforcement patrols in the Chicago area.

The special Traffic Enforcement Patrols (sTEF) will take place on unidentified dates on the Kennedy (I-90), Dan Ryan (I-94), Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways, according to a release from Illinois State Police.

Special Traffic Enforcement Patrols involve a combination of increased enforcement and public information designed to raise public awareness and compliance to all traffic laws, the release said. Troopers will concentrate on speeding, failure to use occupant restraints and other driving offense as part of their enforcement efforts.

Safety Belt Enforcement Zones may also be used during the sTEP program, the release said. Troopers will enforce the primary safety belt law to ensure drivers and their passengers are buckled up.

The enforcement is funded through a grant from the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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