Five of those deaths involved alcohol. More than 800 people were injured.
Illinois police will step up their efforts this Thanksgiving: Law enforcement will be out in force day and night. For those not wearing safety belts, the fine is $25 plus additional court costs. Those stopped for impaired driving will be arrested.
Buckle Up Illinois offers these tips for motorists:
- Late-night hours are the most dangerous driving hours when the highest percentage of motorists die in alcohol-involved crashes and safety belt usage is the lowest.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
- The best defense against an impaired driver is a safety belt. Buckle up, every trip, every time, every vehicle, every position.
- If you drink, designate a sober driver.
Visit www.buckleupillinois.org to join the campaign to save lives.