CAMPTON HILLS – The Campton Hills Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police in stepping up patrol efforts during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The goal of the program, which runs in conjunction with the Click It or Ticket and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns is to ensure drivers use their seat belts and drive sober, especially during the times of the year when traffic is heavier.
Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman said in a news release that while police officers will be out “around the clock,” they are prepared to focus additional enforcement on late-night traffic, when seat belt use is at is lowest and impaired driving is the biggest problem.
“Whether you’re going across town or across the state this Thanksgiving, please make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seat belt. As of Jan. 1, 2012, by law in Illinois, everyone must wear a seat belt no matter what seating position,” Hoffman said in the news release. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing a seat belt and arrest those choosing to drive impaired.”
According to IDOT, 93.7 percent of Illinois drivers use seat belts during the day.
However, during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2012, nine vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and three of those deaths involved a driver who was drinking, according to the news release.
For information about the Click It or Ticket and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns, visit www.buckleupillinois.org.