Law enforcement to step up patrols for holiday weekend
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[November 22, 2011]
SPRINGFIELD -- With heavy traffic
expected over Thanksgiving weekend and to boost roadway safety, the
Illinois Department of Transportation has kicked off the Click It or
Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization with Illinois
State Police and local law enforcement agencies statewide. By the
end of the weekend, Illinois motorists could see over 1,700 safety
belt enforcement zones and 40 roadside safety checks conducted by
over 200 law enforcement agencies, all with a special focus on
safety belt violations and impaired driving during nighttime hours.
"Traffic safety is a central and inseparable focus of IDOT's
strategic mission -- to provide safe, cost-effective transportation
for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic
prosperity and demonstrate respect for our environment," said Ann
Schneider, acting secretary of the Illinois Department of
Transportation. "During Thanksgiving weekend, IDOT and law
enforcement agencies throughout the state will strongly promote safe
driving by reminding motorists to buckle up and drive sober, every
trip, every time."
State and local law enforcement agencies are joining IDOT's
efforts to improve highway safety by removing impaired drivers,
citing motorists who text while driving and ticketing motorists who
During the holiday period, the Illinois State Police will patrol
the interstates and conduct details directed at the "Fatal Four"
moving violations, while placing a special emphasis on violations
for driving under the influence and speeding. The goal of the
coordinated effort is to reduce traffic crash fatalities, promote
safe driving habits, and discourage impaired driving, distracted
driving and other unsafe driving behavior.
IDOT and law enforcement are also reminding motorists that,
effective Jan. 1, 2012, all vehicle occupants, including back seat
passengers, will be required to wear safety belts, and children
within appropriate age groups are to be properly restrained in child
safety seats while traveling. Previously, the law applied only to
drivers, front seat passengers and children. IDOT and law
enforcement officials continue to encourage motorists to not wait
until Jan. 1 to ensure that everyone in every seating position is
safely and properly restrained when traveling.
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Illinois crash data over the last eight years (2003-2010) shows
that back seat passengers who were killed in crashes were almost
twice as likely as front seat passengers to be unbuckled.
During Thanksgiving in Illinois last year, 15 people died in
motor vehicle traffic crashes, and nine of those deaths involved a
drinking driver. In addition, 743 people were injured. Many
tragedies could have been prevented if all motorists had made the
right choices before hitting the road.
For more information about the Click It or Ticket safety belt
enforcement campaign, visit
Additional informational about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
campaign can be found at
Department of Transportation file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]