Traffic Safety

Sterling Police Department warns that whether you are traveling across town or across the state, if you or anyone in your vehicle is unbelted, you run the risk of getting an unwelcomed gift from law enforcement.  As of January 1, 2012, everyone, no matter the age or seating position, is required to wear a safety belt.

Everyone driving on Illinois roadways is urged to drive carefully, do not drive impaired and, most importantly, buckle up each and every trip, night or day.  Remember, the best defense against an impaired driver or a distracted driver is a safety belt.

The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS) is proud that Illinois has a 93 percent safety belt usage rate in 2015.  However, far too many drivers and passengers still do not buckle up.  During 2015 there were 998 fatalities related to traffic accidents. Of those 241, restraints were not used or were improperly used.

For 2017, the Sterling Police Department has been awarded a Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Grant from IDOT.  The Grant allows Sterling Police Officers to work on a hire back basis. Officers will enforce impaired driving and safety belt & child restraint violations within the City of Sterling.  The enforcement action is in an effort to reduce the number of alcohol related traffic crashes.