The police departments in North Riverside and Riverside will cracking down on seatbelt scofflaws during the Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket Border to Border” enforcement period, which will run from May 15 through June 4.

The program, funded by grants through the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Transportation, will allow the local departments to deploy more officers on the street specifically for traffic enforcement. The Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel holiday weekends of the year.

“Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said North Riverside Deputy Police Chief Deborah Garcia in a press release. “It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic response when you get into a vehicle.”

North Riverside’s enforcement period, funded through a state grant only, will run from May 15 through May 30. Riverside, which has both federal and state grants, will increase patrols from May 15 to June 4.

This article had been changed to clarify local enforcement periods.

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