Drive sober! Buckle up! Police will be out in force both day and night as part of the 2013 Click It or Ticket campaign.
For motorists who are stopped not wearing their seat belts, the fine is $25 plus additional court costs. Those stopped for driving drunk will be arrested.
The 2013 Click It or Ticket campaign runs from Friday, May 10, through Monday, May 27. Some law enforcement agencies already have begun their local campaigns.
- Provisional numbers show that during the 2012 Memorial Day holiday weekend, six people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes; three of those involved alcohol. Almost 600 were injured.
- Late night hours are the most dangerous driving hours, when the highest percentage of motorists die in alcohol-involved crashes and seat belt use is the lowest.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 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 by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans.
- Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year. In 2011 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide.
- The best defense against a drunk driver is a seat belt. Buckle up – every trip, every time, every vehicle, every position.
- If you drink, designate a sober driver.
For more information, call (217) 331-3760 or email [email protected].