Dec. 4, 2017 - Oak Park Police handed out more than three dozen citations as part of its participation in a statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign around the Thanksgiving holiday.
The stepped-up seat belt enforcement took place from Nov. 17-27, reminding motorists to buckle up and not drive impaired, day or night. Oak Park Police joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois in an effort to reduce highway fatalities by issuing citations to unbuckled motorists and arresting impaired drivers.
During the 10-day mobilization, Oak Park Police stopped 40 vehicles, issued 43 citations for motorists / passengers not wearing a seatbelt, arrested one individual for driving without a license and cited three motorists for driving without insurance.
The annual Click It or Ticket mobilization may be over in Oak Park, but officials are reminding drivers that isn’t an excuse to stop buckling up. Not wearing a seat belt is a primary offense, meaning law enforcement can stop a driver and issue a citation for that alone.
“Our officers are out year-round," said Oak Park Police Chief Anthony Ambrose. "If you or your passengers, front or back, are caught not wearing a seat belt, you will be cited for the violation."
The Click It or Ticket mobilization was made possible with federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.