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The Lombard Police Department has joined the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies across the state for the 2018 Memorial Day Click It or Ticket campaign, May 18-29.
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.
Seat belt use drops even more in the evening hours between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. The Lombard Police Department 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.
Wearing a seat belt is your best defense against an impaired driver. It is also important to remember that officers enforce seat belt laws year-round, both day and night. Be sure to buckle up and never drive impaired - you may save your life, or the life of a loved one.
“Unbuckled motorists continue to lose their lives on Illinois roadways,” said Lombard Traffic Unit Police Officer Paula Rojas. “If you or your passengers are caught unbuckled or drive impaired by drugs or alcohol, you will be ticketed or arrested – it’s that simple.
Buckle up this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer – it could be the difference between life and death.”
Please contact the Lombard Police Department at (630)873-4400 with any questions.