The Illinois Department of Transportation is teaming up with Illinois State Police and local departments for the 2013 Click It or Ticket mobilization.
Starting Monday, May 13 and running through Memorial Day, extra patrols will be added in an effort to stop seat belt violations, impaired driving, and other violations. The patrols are funded with federal dollars and will take place during all hours of the day and night, with special emphasis on the overnight hours.
According to data from IDOT, the use of seat belts starts to decline significantly during the 4:00 p.m. hour, with 43 percent of people suffering fatal injuries not being properly belted. Therefore, a large number of patrols will start at that time. Seat belt use continues to decline through the overnight hours.
Although Illinois has one of the highest rates of seat belt use in the nation at 93.6 percent, seat belt enforcement remains a priority for law enforcement.
"Even with nine out of ten motorists buckling up in Illinois, far too many people are still dying unbuckled, especially during certain times of the day," Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. "IDOT, the Illinois State Police, and hundreds of great local police and sheriff's departments are saying today that this needs to change."
The crack-down won't be like a DUI checkpoint where every car passing through is stopped. An ISP District 16 spokesperson says the troopers and other agencies will pick a spot and observe, pulling over violators. That includes occupants un-buckled in the back seat and children, not restrained.
If you're pulled over with a child not properly restrained, you're guaranteed a date in court.
For more information on the enforcement and seat belt safety, visit www.buckleupillinois.com.
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