Police in North Riverside and Riverside will be beefing up seatbelt law enforcement during the Thanksgiving holiday “Click It or Ticket” campaign, funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

From Nov. 16 through Nov. 29, police will increase patrols to crack down on seat belt violations.

“The risk of being involved in a serious or deadly car crash increases when the number of cars on the road increases, and the long Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year,” said North Riverside Deputy Police Chief Deborah Garcia “I urge everyone traveling on our state’s roadways this holiday season to drive carefully, do not drive impaired and, most importantly, buckle up, every trip, every time — day or night.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when a front-seat occupant of a passenger car wears a seat belt properly, the risk of fatal injury goes down by 45 percent. 

“Seat belts are the single most important safety device in your vehicle.  They have saved countless lives and prevented countless numbers of injuries over the years,” said Deputy Chief Garcia.

In Illinois everyone, no matter the age or seating position, is required to wear a seat belt. Children are required to ride in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8.

Submitted by the North Riverside and Riverside police departments.