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March 31, 2006
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State troopers saluted for DUI-fighting efforts

BY JENNIFER KAPIOLANI SAXTON   
News-Democrat

Ten Illinois State Troopers from District 11 were honored Wednesday for making 950 driving under the influence arrests since 2001 through an Illinois Department of Transportation program.

"I certainly do believe if you remove enough impaired drivers from the roadway, you are saving lives," Illinois State Police Captain Jay Keevan said during an award ceremony at District 11 headquarters in Collinsville.

Trooper Scott Becker, a seven-year veteran with the department, has made more than 300 DUI arrests since 2001 -- the most in District 11.

"Myself and the other officers I work with have made it a task that we feel is a concern, and we should address that," said Becker, who has been working the midnight shift with the department for more than three years. "We took it as an initiative to make it an effort to save lives and get impaired drivers off the road."

While working the midnight shift, Becker said it's easier to spot the impaired drivers who weave in and out of traffic or drive recklessly.

Becker was one of many troopers honored during an awards ceremony for accomplishments with the department, including IDOT DUI awards, district performance goals, serving for at least 20 years with the department, service medals and miscellaneous awards.

"We are recognizing the efforts of a few people -- a handful of people," Keevan said. "There are many people who contribute to the success of this district."

Keevan said the district's goal is to reduce traffic fatalities and ensure the safety of the public.

"DUI enforcement is one of the leading enforcement activities that we can do to ensure the safety of the traveling public," Keevan said.

Also in the metro-east, Caseyville Police Sgt. Greg Hosp has made 300 DUI arrests, according to the IDOT Division of Traffic Safety.

Contact reporter Jennifer Kapiolani Saxton at  jsaxton@bnd.com (mailto:jsaxton@bnd.com)  or 345-7822, ext. 23.

 Belleville News Democrat (http://www.belleville.com/)







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