St. Charles police set for traffic campaign

ST. CHARLES – On Friday, St. Charles police officers will begin a traffic enforcement campaign that focuses on impaired drivers and seat belt violators, according to a St. Charles Police Department news release.

The campaign, which is conducted in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” programs, will last through Jan. 5.

Goals include reducing the number of severe injury and fatal traffic crashes; increasing the use of seat belts, child safety seats and booster seats; and lowering the incidents of impaired driving involving injuries and fatalities.

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 crashes.

Research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

Visit www.buckleupillinois.org for information.