Law Enforcement Showing Zero Tolerance
for Seat Belt Violations May 10-28, 2019
For Information Contact:
Deputy Chief Terrence Sherrill
Hanover Park, IL- As summer kicks off and travel increases, the Hanover Park Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. The national seat-belt enforcement campaign will take place May 10 through May 28, 2019, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year. Click It or Ticket enforces seat-belt and car-seat use to keep all motorists safe.
“Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said Deputy Chief Terrence Sherrill. “It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic response when you get into a vehicle. As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and the summer vacation season ramps up, we want to make sure people are doing everything they can to stay safe in the unfortunate event of a crash.”
Recent crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated 14,955 lives were saved by seat belts. In fatal crashes, 83 percent of occupants who were ejected were killed. NHTSA states seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent. One focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign continues to be nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach, writing citations day and night. Motorists caught not buckled up will be ticketed, and those caught driving impaired will be arrested.
“Please help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction,” said Deputy Chief Sherrill. Seat belts save lives, and every vehicle occupant—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time. Together, we can make zero fatalities a reality in Illinois.”
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit buckleupillinois.org.