CAMPTON HILLS – On Friday, the Campton Hills Police Department will join the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and other statewide law enforcement agencies to enforce seat belt laws through the Click It or Ticket campaign, the department announced Monday.
“Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busy summer driving season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” Campton Hills police Chief Dan Hoffman said in a news release.
“Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone, front or back seat, who is not wearing a seat belt.”
In Illinois, all drivers and passengers must wear seat belts in all seating positions in the car, not just the front seat.
During statewide observational surveys conducted by IDOT in 2013, the overall usage rate for rear-seat occupants was 77.4 percent compared to 93.7 percent for drivers and front-seat passengers, police said in the release.
In 2012, police said, back-seat passengers in Illinois accounted for 46 fatalities and more than 5,000 injuries. Of the fatalities, 30 were not wearing a seat belt.
“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists still are not buckling up, especially in the back seat,” Hoffman said.
Provisional numbers show that during the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, there were three fatalities and nearly 600 injuries on Illinois roads.
Two of the fatalities were alcohol related.
Wearing a seat belt is the best defense against an impaired driver, police said.
The Click It or Ticket campaign runs through May 26.