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Downers Grove police begin 'Click It or Ticket' campaign

Published: Saturday, May 10, 2014 5:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:37 a.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – Starting Friday, the Downers Grove Police Department will initiate its "Click it or Ticket" campaign in an effort to enforce seat belt laws, according to a news release from the Downers Grove Police Department.

The department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies across the state to enforce seat belt laws.

In Illinois, as of January 1, 2012, 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 versus 93.7 percent for drivers and front seat passengers, according to the release.

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists still are not buckling up, especially in the back seat,” Downers Grove Lt. Michael Willison said. “Our goal is to save more lives, so the Downers Grove Police Department will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock, looking for those who are not buckled up, in all seating positions. If you are caught not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”

While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign runs from May 9-26, officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

“Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busy summer driving season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” said Lt. Michael Willison. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone, front or back seat, who is not wearing a seat belt.”

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