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Posted on: April 19, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Riverside Police Awarded Traffic Enforcement Tool


IDOT/DTS awarded the Riverside Police a new high-tech portable breath alcohol Intoximeter.

Chief Tom Weitzel announced today that the Riverside Police Department was awarded traffic enforcement tool that will be used by officers on patrol.

Members of the police department attended an appreciation luncheon hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation/ Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS) for our participation in the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant. The traffic enforcement grant is a year-long enforcement effort targeting speeders, seatbelt and impaired driving violations, both day and night.

IDOT/DTS awarded the Riverside Police a new high-tech portable breath alcohol Intoximeter Alco-sensor used to detect breath alcohol in a drivers system. 

The portable breath devices will allow officers to test motorists in the field who are suspected of driving while impaired. This device is commonly used by officers as the last field sobriety test that would produce an alcohol estimation to help the officer in his decision making process.

Throughout the year, we will partnering with IDOT/DTS with a traffic safety enforcement grant to aggressively target speeding, seatbelt and impaired driving violations in our continuing effort to reduce traffic fatalities and related injury crashes.

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