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Operation ABC Mobilization

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Press Release Date: November 20, 2000    || Archived October 3, 2002
CHICAGO, IL - Over 450 Illinois law enforcement agencies participating in the state's Click It or Ticket campaign are joining forces with over 8000 law enforcement agencies nationwide participating in the Operation ABC Mobilization in an unprecedented crackdown on impaired drivers and drivers who fail to buckle-up their children and themselves.

The latest Click It or Ticket enforcement period which coincides with the Operation ABC Mobilization, starts today and continues through the Thanksgiving holiday and concludes December 2nd. The message is simple; Illinois law enforcement will be taking a zero tolerance approach to seatbelt violators and impaired drivers.

Motorists are being warned not to drink and drive and to always buckle up their children and themselves every time they get in a car. The only defense against a drunk or otherwise impaired driver is a seatbelt.

Motivating law enforcement in this crackdown in disturbing new research from the Centers for Disease Control that shows most children under age 14 who are killed in alcohol-related crashes are passengers riding with a drunk driver, rather than passengers in vehicles hit by drunk drivers. And the more alcohol consumed by a driver—the less likely child passengers will be restrained.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death to children, killing 2,000 children each year. Nearly one-fourth of those deaths are alcohol related. And six out of ten children who die in crashes are completely unrestrained.

It's bad enough that people drink and drive. It's criminal that adults drink and then drive with their kids or someone else's kids and put these children at deadly risk.

Participating agencies are taking zero tolerance approach to irresponsible drivers. Drivers found driving above the legal blood alcohol limit will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and drivers failing to buckle up their children and themselves will be ticketed.

Partners participating in this crackdown include the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Sheriffs Association, the National Safety Council, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Illinois State Police will also participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a nationwide effort to reduce highway crashes and fatalities by increasing police visibility and enforcement over the Thanksgiving holiday. Operation C.A.R.E. begins at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, November 22, and concludes at midnight, Sunday, November 26.

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

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