Illinois law enforcement boosts late-night fight against impaired drivers, safety belt scofflaws

www.BUCKLEUPILLINOIS.orgThe 2012 Memorial Day Mobilization for Illinois law enforcement is scheduled from Friday, May 11, through Monday, May 28.

Provisional numbers show that during the 2011 Memorial Day holiday weekend, 13 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes – six of those deaths involved alcohol.

More than 700 were injured.

Late-night hours are the most dangerous driving hours when the highest percentage of motorists die in alcohol-involved crashes. Safety belt usage is also the lowest in this time frame.

NHTSA logo: Click It or Ticket Day & NightLaw enforcement will be out in force day and night – if you are not wearing your safety belt, the minimum fine you will pay is $60. If you are stopped for impaired driving, you will be arrested.

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.

Motorists are reminded that a new law took effect Jan. 1, 2012, requiring everyone, no matter the age or seating position, to wear a safety belt. Children are required to ride in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8.

Things to remember:

  • 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. For more information, contact traffic safety liaison Melanie Wingo at mwingo@ilchiefs.org.

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