CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT
301 W. Franklin Street
Taylorville, IL 62568
 
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Bruce Kettelkamp
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CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

301 W. FRANKLIN STREET

TAYLORVILLE, IL. 62568

 

SHERIFF                                                  (217) 824-4961

BRUCE KETTELKAMP

 

CHIEF DEPUTY                                      (217) 824-4963 (FAX)

BRUCE ENGELING

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp today announced the sheriff’s department has received a digital in-car video camera from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The in-car camera will assist the sheriff’s department with collecting vital audio and video evidence, keep that evidence secure and protect its deputies as they perform their duties. The in-car video camera system will be particularly helpful in DUI cases.

 

DUI continues to be a problem in Illinois and across the nation even though it is illegal in all 50 States to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 grams per deciliter. Despite these laws, in the United States in 2010 more than 10,000 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was impaired. In Illinois in 2010, 298 people lost their lives to an impaired driver. In Illinois in 2010, 298 lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes involving a drunk driver.

 

The numbers do not lie. Drunk driving is still a big problem and the Christian County Sheriff’s office remains committed to removing from our roads those who choose to drive drunk,” said Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp. “We are excited about the in-car camera and the benefits it will provide in making our roads safer.”

 

The digital in-car camera system is a Decatur Electronics Shadow system with a retail value of approximately $3,000. The system allows for the easy collection of high-quality digital video and audio and also the ability to quickly and reliably transfer the audio and video evidence collected in the squad car to a hard drive in the sheriff’s office.

 

The in-car video system was purchased by IDOT utilizing federal traffic safety dollars provided to states to assist in reducing motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities.

 

(Photo: IDOT Representative Dan Kent presents camera system to Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp)