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As summer kicks off and travel increases, the Lombard Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket.
The seat-belt enforcement campaign will take place May 10 - 28, including a Roadside Safety Checkpoint at an undisclosed location on Friday, May 24, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.
“Our officers see firsthand the tragedy when people do not buckle up,” said Lombard Police Officer Paula Rojas. “It’s such a simple and effective way to protect yourself while traveling. As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, we want to make sure people are doing everything they can to stay safe when traveling.”
In Illinois, nearly 95% of motorists use seat belts, but a disproportionate number of fatalities still involve unbelted motorists and passengers. Seat belt use decreases even more for back seat passengers and for people traveling at night.
Lombard Police will be taking a no-excuses approach, writing citations day and night. Motorists and passengers not wearing their seat belt will be ticketed, and those caught driving impaired will be arrested.
“Please help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed simply because they failed to buckle up,” said Officer Rojas. “Seat belts save lives, and every vehicle occupant—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time.”
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit BuckleUpIllinois.org.