North Riverside and Riverside police will join the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies across the state for the 2015 Illinois Click It or Ticket campaign, which kicks off May 11.
During the campaign, officers will be cracking down both day and night on motorists who fail to wear their seat belt in the front and back seat.
In Illinois, as of January 1, 2012, all drivers and passengers must wear seat belts in all seating positions in the car, not just the front seat. During statewide observational surveys conducted by IDOT in 2014, the overall usage rate for rear seat occupants was 84.0 percent versus 94.1 percent for drivers and front seat passengers.
“Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busy summer driving season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” said North Riverside Deputy Police Chief Deborah Garcia. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone, front or back seat, who is not wearing a seat belt.”
In 2013, back seat passengers in Illinois accounted for 48 fatalities and over 7,500 injuries. Out of those 48 fatalities, 24 of them were not wearing their seat belt.
Provisional numbers show that during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend there were 12 fatalities on Illinois roadways. Three of those fatalities were alcohol-related.
This year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign runs from May 11 through May 25.