The Decatur Police Department has announced it is stepping up enforcement for the Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” campaign that runs from May 19th through May 30th and re-minds motor-ists to buckle up for safety. “Click It or Ticket” leverages education and enforcement to save lives.
“Seat belts have proven to be life-saving in the event of a crash,” said Sgt. Steve Hagemeyer. “Unfortunately, many still don’t buckle up. Worse yet, not wearing a seat belt is a habit that can be passed on to younger generations who follow the example set by their elders.”
Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%. Seat belts save lives every day, but they’re only effective if they’re used. While Illinois currently has a 93% seat belt use compliance rate, unbelted occupants still account for more than half of those killed in motor vehicle crashes. The simple click of a seat belt could save thousands of lives each year.
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, a popular time for traveling to visit family and friends. Whether you are traveling down the block or across the country, make sure you buckle up every time. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds.