ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Police Department reminds motorists of the dangers of impaired driving as many motorists will hit the road to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.
Illinois law enforcement will be working around the clock to make sure holiday travelers are buckled up and driving safely. The St. Charles Police Department will be actively participating in the state’s efforts to minimize intoxicated driving and ensure seatbelt use by adding additional officers looking specifically for violators.
The goal is simple: Prevent motor vehicle crashes and resulting injuries. Correct seatbelt use is the most effective way to protect vehicle occupants in a crash. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the statewide seatbelt usage rate is 95.2% yet unbuckled occupants make up a disproportionately large number of fatalities, representing more than 50 percent of people killed in motor vehicle crashes.
Statistics show that nighttime driving comes with an increased risk for injury or death. Evening hours account for a higher percentage of impaired driving crashes, a higher percentage of fatalities, and a lower percentage of occupants wearing seatbelts.
TheClick It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort is funded with federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.