Police to boost fight against late-night impaired driving, seatbelt violators over Thanksgiving

www.BUCKLEUPILLINOIS.orgDuring the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday, 12 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes in Illinois.

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.

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