Police Department Click It or Ticket Campaign
Release date: 5/11/2015
If there is one thing I could urge all motorists- drivers, passengers, front seat, back seat, all ages- to do every time you get in a vehicle, it’s buckle up. It is the single most effective way to avoid being killed in a crash. Would you ever ride a roller coaster without the harness down? Would you ever skydive without a parachute? When you ride in a motor vehicle without a seat belt, you are taking a huge risk. One you can’t afford. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationwide in 2013, there were 9,580 unbelted vehicle occupants killed in crashes on our nation’s roads.
This May 11 to 25, The Streamwood Police Department is joining hundreds of Illinois law enforcement agencies, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and traffic safety advocates to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. We will be out in full force, cracking down on seat belt violations, issuing citations to anyone caught traveling without a buckled seat belt or transporting unrestrained children.
Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound. It’s the perfect time to remind everyone why seat belt use is required, in the front and back seat. If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.
We are determined to get the message across: Seat belts save lives! In fact, from 2008 to 2012, they saved nearly 63,000 lives nationwide. Still, an increase in awareness is needed to continuously and positively impact motorist behavior. We are particularly worried about the number of unbelted deaths that occur at night. According to NHTSA, nationwide in 2013, about 59 percent of passenger vehicle occupants were killed at night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.) who were not wearing their seat belts.
Many people tend to think that they do not need to buckle up when riding in the back seat. As of January 1, 2012, everyone, no matter the age or seating position, front seat and back, is required by law to wear a seat belt. Children are required to be in a car seat or booster until at least age 8. If a person is not wearing a seat belt in a 30 mph crash, he will experience crash forces similar to falling from a 3-story building or getting run over by a 3.5 ton elephant. If this person happens to be a passenger in the back seat, he will become a back seat bullet, not only causing self-inflicted injuries but also causing injuries to the driver or front seat passenger.
Consider yourself warned: If police catch you not wearing your seat belt on the road, you will get a ticket. No excuses, no warnings.
It is a simple fix to save your life and the life of a loved one. Encourage your loved ones to always buckle up – front seat and back. Buckling up costs you nothing, but the costs of NOT buckling up may be a ticket, or worse — your life. Treat this as a potentially life-saving reminder: Click It or Ticket!