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Memorial Day Holiday Enforcement

Press Release Date: May 25, 2004    || Archived June 7, 2004
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today its Memorial Day holiday enforcement efforts. Troopers will participate in the Click It or Ticket Mobilization, May 24 through June 6, and All American Buckle Up Week, May 24 - 31. Both enforcement campaigns are designed to increase seat belt and child safety seat use. The ISP will also participate in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), May 28 - 31.

"During the next two weeks, Troopers, along with local police officers, will conduct safety belt enforcement zones throughout the state to promote seat belt use. In addition to these enforcement zones, the ISP will also conduct saturation patrols and stepped-up enforcement as a way to become more vigilant in enforcing safety belt and traffic laws," said Illinois State Police Director Larry G. Trent.

The ISP and more than 780 law enforcement agencies across the state will participate in the Click It or Ticket Mobilization by taking a zero tolerance approach to seat belt use. Officers will also promote the use of child safety seats during All American Buckle Up Week and throughout the C.A.R.E. enforcement period. C.A.R.E. is a nationwide effort to reduce crashes and fataliti58es during the holiday period. Troopers working the patrols will aggressively enforce seat belt, speeding, DUI, and other traffic violations to ensure highway safety during these campaigns.

The ISP offers the following safety tips when traveling:
  • Always wear your safety belt and make sure passengers are buckled up. Safety belts are the most effective means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in traffic crashes. They are also effective in reducing the effects of the second or "human" collision which occurs when an occupant hits the vehicle's interior or another passenger.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Obey posted speed limits.
  • Make sure your car is in good mechanical condition by checking the tires, brakes, and lights.

Director Trent added Troopers will also be assigned to roadside safety checks, lidar and air speed details, s.T.E.P. (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) and concentrated DUI patrols throughout the enforcement periods. Officers normally assigned to administrative duties will participate in C.A.R.E. patrols.

Last year during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, 19 people died on Illinois roadways as a result of 25 crashes.

For more information contact:
Public Information Office
Telephone: 217-782-6637
TDD: 1-800-255-3323

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