A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:
The Crystal Lake Police Department Urges Motorists to Safely Celebrate this Memorial Day Holiday Period
As summer kicks off and travel increases, the Crystal Lake Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket.
The intent of the campaign is to enforce seat belt and child car seat usage to keep all motorists safe.
Additionally, on May 21, between the hours of 4pm and 8pm, we will participate with over a thousand other law enforcement agencies throughout the country in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Border to Border” campaign, where we will actively enforce occupant restraint laws in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of using a seat belt.
Illinois has a 93.8% observed seat belt usage rate, but a disproportionate number of fatalities involve unbelted motorists and passengers. Of the 1093 traffic deaths in 2017, where restraint use was known, 54% of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that seat belt use in passenger vehicles nationwide saved 14,688 lives in 2016, and an additional 2,456 lives could have been saved if everyone had buckled up.
Seat belt use drops even more in the evening hours between 6 pm and 6 am.
That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement.
Officers 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.
Federal grant money, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, will pay for the Crystal Lake Police Department’s Memorial Day Holiday Period enforcement efforts.
For more information about Click It or Ticket or Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, please visit www.buckleupillinois.org.