Drivers told to buckle down on buckling up or risk consequences
Illinois drivers are being reminded that the dog days of summer can be great for a road trip but not so fun if they're not playing it safe.
Law enforcement officials are continuing with campaigns to encourage the use of seat belts, including giving “Saved by the Belt” awards to motorists who saved their own lives by wearing the safety measures.
“With increased traffic comes an increased risk for crashes," Randy Blankenhorn, secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), said in a press release. "We urge everyone to be responsible on the road by buckling up and ensuring everyone in your vehicle is properly buckled.”
Nearly 2,000 Illinoisans survived car crashes between 2011 and 2015 thanks to their seat belts, IDOT data show. In addition to the "Saved by the Belt awards campaign," IDOT, Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies are working on a statewide “Click it or Ticket” mobilization to watch for safety belt violations and impaired driving.
“t’s important for everyone to buckle up every trip, every time, day or night,” Leo Schmitz, director of the Illinois State Police, said in the release. “Seat belts save thousands of lives each year. We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely.”