As summer kicks off and travel increases, Rock Island Police Department is partneringwith the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. The nationalseat-belt enforcement campaign will take place May 18 through 29, concurrentwith one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year. Click It or Ticket enforces seat-beltand car-seat use to keep all motorists safe.
“Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss oflife when people refuse to buckle up,” said Chief Jeff VenHuizen. “It’s such a simple and effective way toprotect yourself while traveling. As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, wewant to make sure people are doing everything they can to stay safe in theunfortunate event of a crash.”
Illinois has a 93.8% observed seat belt usage rate, but adisproportionate number of fatalities involve unbelted motorists andpassengers. Of the 1093 traffic deaths in 2017, where restraint use wasknown, 54% of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
Seat belt usedrops even more in the evening hours between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. That’s whyone focus of the Click It or Ticket campaignis nighttime enforcement. RIPD willbe 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 onemore friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction,”said Chief VenHuizen. Seat beltssave lives, and every vehicle occupant—front seat and back, child andadult—needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time. Together, we can make zero fatalities areality in Illinois.”
For moreinformation on the Click It or Ticket mobilization,visit www.BuckleUpIllinois.org.