Illinois State Police launch 'Click it or Ticket' initiative
By Marissa Sherer
SPRINGFIELD (WREX) - People hitting Illinois roadways get a reminder from police: buckle up.
Across the state, police step up seat belt enforcement with the "Click it or Ticket" program. Starting tomorrow through the end of the month, police will set up enforcement zones, making sure everyone is buckled up. One state trooper said, "We would prefer to write a thousand more safety belt citations than to go to one family's house and announce their loved one died in a motor vehicle crash."
The Illinois Department of Transportation says seat belt usage went up from 88 percent in 2006 to 90 and a half percent in 2008. In that same time, the number of fatalities dropped by 211.