Beware, state troopers will trade in their gear for construction worker clothes to look for speeders and traffic violations.
Last Monday morning, the Illinois State Police had an undercover officer placed on Interstate 74 in Moline, checking passing traffic for speeders. The same old routine — be that as it may, the officer wasn't simply unmarked. He was wearing a hardhat, day-to-day garments and sitting in a Walsh Construction truck. As reported by WGNTV.
The trooper, Master Sgt. Ron Salier was dressed as a construction worker so as to catch speeders and diverted drivers without warning violators that an officer was present at the spot. "We’re here to help each other out," Salier said about the endeavor with construction workers.
"We are enforcing the law but also educating the motoring public," he added. As indicated by Trooper Jason Wilson, a safety education officer in ISP District 7, Walsh Construction approached the Illinois State Police about the idea behind 'Operation Hard Hat' several weeks prior.
The coordinated effort between Walsh, the ISP and the Illinois Department of Transportation was said to profit all roadside workers. "Locals understand we’re going to be out here, and they know exactly where we’re going to be sitting. So they make sure that they don’t do anything wrong in that one little spot," Wilson said.
"We want to make this construction zone safe for everyone," he added. After just a couple of minutes checking eastward traffic on I-74 between Avenue of the Cities and John Deere Rd, Salier recorded nine speeding violations. "Speeds are reduced for a reason," Salier said about the construction zone.
"It’s for themselves, the safety of the driver," he added. At the point when Salier detected a genuine violation, he would radio a trooper patrolling the zone. Over around a two-hour time span, 10 traffic stops yielded 10 speeding warning and citations, one safety belt violation and two other gear warnings, as per a State Police public statement.
To proceed with the battle to improve roadside security, the Illinois State Police has supported its PR endeavors. A month ago, the force discharged a 30-second public service announcement about Scott's Law. "Slow Down. Move over. It's the law," the advertisement said.
In the Rock Island region, the State Police additionally has taken to unconventional publicity ideas, similar to the construction disguise. "It’s just like an undercover guy that would go in and buy drugs or something along those lines," Wilson said about the camouflage. Wilson likewise said that Illinois State Police and Walsh Construction were in talks to work together once more, yet that the coordinated effort had no solid plans after this week.