St. Charles police plan holiday traffic campaigns

Published: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – City police will be out in force through Nov. 25 conducting DUI and seat belt enforcement in conjunction with the state’s “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns.

The Department of Transportation Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program aims to reduce the incidence of motor vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities through increased enforcement of occupant restraint, impaired driving, speed and pedestrian safety.

Last year in Illinois, eight people died in vehicle traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, and four of those deaths involved a drunken driver. Additionally, more than 800 individuals were injured.

In St. Charles, officers made four driving under the influence arrests and issued 40 citations for other traffic violations.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt use is the most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

Visit www.buckleupillinois.org for information about the state’s traffic campaigns.

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