May 19, 2021 – The Oak Park Police Department is stepping up seat belt enforcement to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket now through Memorial Day weekend.
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.
“We want the act of buckling up to become automatic to all drivers and passengers,” said Police Chief LaDon Reynolds. “’Click It or Ticket’ isn’t about citations – it’s about saving lives. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent. Seat belts save lives every day, but they’re only effective if they’re used.”
The intensified enforcement began on May 14 and will continue through June 1. Oak Park Police officers will be taking a no-excuses approach, writing citations day and night. Motorists caught not buckled up will be ticketed, and those caught driving impaired will be arrested.
While Illinois currently has a 94.6 percent 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.
The statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit www.buckleupillinois.org.