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St. Charles police to begin holiday traffic enforcement

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Police Department will begin its drunken driving and seat belt enforcement campaign for the Memorial Day holiday period Friday, according to a news release.

The extra enforcement ends May 26. It is in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program – or STEP – named “Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, according to the release.

STEP aims to reduce the number of severe injuries and deaths from traffic crashes; to achieve higher use of safety belts and child safety seats; and to achieve a lower incidence of injuries and fatalities from impaired driving.

Research has shown that when seat 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, according to the release.

Visit www.buckleupillinois.org for information about the “Click It or Ticket” and the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” programs.

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