ST. CHARLES – St. Charles police officers will be out in force conducting DUI and seat belt enforcement through May 27, according to a St. Charles Police Department news release.
The extra enforcement is in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program, aptly named “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
The program aims to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries or fatalities through increased enforcement of occupant restraint, impaired driving, speed and pedestrian safety.
During the 2012 Memorial Day holiday period in Illinois, six vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle traffic crashes; three of those deaths involved a drunken driver. Additionally, more than 600 people were injured. In St. Charles, officers made five DUI arrests and issued 50 citations for other traffic violations.
St. Charles police encourage motorists to wear a seat belt to not only avoid a ticket this Memorial Day season but to also help avoid injury in the event of a crash.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle accidents. 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 “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” programs.