|SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced participation in three traffic safety initiatives designed to increase seat belt use and reduce crashes during the Memorial Day holiday. The Click It or Ticket Enforcement Blitz (May 20 - June 2) and All American Buckle-Up Week (May 20-27) encourages motorists to wear safety belts and use child safety seats, while the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), which runs May 24-27, emphasizes the importance of obeying all traffic laws in an effort to save lives.|
"Troopers working these patrols will aggressively enforce seat belt use, speeding, DUI, and other offenses to ensure highway safety. We want the beginning of the vacation season to be a safe and happy one for everyone traveling throughout Illinois this Memorial Day and summer," said ISP Director Sam W. Nolen.
The ISP offers these safety tips when traveling:
Always wear your safety belt and make sure passengers are buckled up as well. 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 tires, brakes, and lights. Nolen added that enforcement efforts will include roadside safety checks, lidar and air speed details, and concentrated DUI patrols. Officers normally assigned to administrative duties will participate in C.A.R.E. patrols.
Last year during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, 17 people died on Illinois roadways as a result of 16 crashes.