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ISP to Conduct more than 3,000 Safety Belt Enforcement Zones Over the Memorial Day Weekend

Press Release Date: May 25, 2005    || Archived June 7, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today its Memorial Day holiday enforcement efforts which include conducting the largest safety belt enforcement effort ever in Illinois, along with the Click It or Ticket Mobilization, May 23 through June 5. 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 27 - 30. "During the Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois State Police will partner with local police agencies to conduct more than 3,000 safety belt enforcement zones throughout the state to promote seat belt use, with a special emphasis on residential and rural roadways. Troopers will also conduct Special Traffic Enforcement Program (s.T.E.P.) patrols which are primarily directed in problem traffic areas," said Illinois State Police Director Larry G. Trent. The ISP and 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 throughout the C.A.R.E. enforcement period. C.A.R.E. is a nationwide effort to reduce crashes and fatalities 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.
  • If you’re going to drink, designate a sober driver.
  • Obey all 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, and concentrated DUI patrols throughout the enforcement periods. Officers normally assigned to administrative duties will participate in C.A.R.E. patrols. The 3,000 safety belt enforcement zones that will be a part of the Memorial Day mobilization represent an increase of 50 percent over the previous largest enforcement of 2000. Illinois will place special emphasis on rural communities during this mobilization because they make up a disproportionate number of traffic fatalities, compared to more populated areas. Nationally in 2003, 65 percent of fatal crashes occurred on rural roads; and in Illinois, crashes on rural roads made up 40 percent of all fatalities. Last year during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, 23 people died on Illinois roadways as a result of 18 crashes.

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