IDOT and Law Enforcement Agencies Partner to Boost Safety, Crack Down on Traffic Violators over Thanksgiving Weekend
State and Local Police to Conduct Hundreds of Enforcement Zones, Numerous Roadside Safety Checks
SPRINGFIELD- With heavy traffic expected over Thanksgiving
weekend and to boost roadway safety, the Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT) today kicked off the Click It or Ticket
and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization with Illinois
State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies statewide.
By the end of the weekend, Illinois motorists could see over
1,700 safety belt enforcement zones and 40 roadside safety
checks conducted by over 200 law enforcement agencies, all with
a special focus on safety belt violations and impaired driving
during nighttime hours.
“Traffic safety is a central and inseparable focus of IDOT’s
strategic mission- to provide safe, cost-effective
transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of
life, promote economic prosperity, and demonstrate respect for
our environment,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary
Ann Schneider. “During Thanksgiving weekend, IDOT and law
enforcement agencies throughout the state will strongly promote
safe driving by reminding motorists to buckle up and drive
sober, every trip, every time.”
State and local law enforcement agencies are joining IDOT’s
efforts to improve highway safety by removing impaired drivers,
citing motorists who text while driving, and ticketing motorists
who drive unbuckled.
During the holiday period, the Illinois State Police will patrol
the interstates and conduct details directed at the Fatal Four
moving violations, while placing a special emphasis on driving
under the influence (DUI) and speed enforcement. The goal of the
coordinated effort is to reduce traffic crash fatalities,
promote safe driving habits, and discourage impaired driving,
distracted driving and other unsafe driving behavior.
IDOT and law enforcement are also reminding motorists that,
effective January 1, 2012, all vehicle occupants including back
seat passengers will be required to wear safety belts, and
children within appropriate age groups are to be properly
restrained in child safety seats while traveling. Previously,
the law applied only to drivers, front seat passengers and
children. IDOT and law enforcement officials continue to
encourage motorists to not wait until January 1 to ensure that
everyone in every seating position is safely and properly
restrained when traveling.
Illinois crash data over the last eight years (2003-2010) shows
that back seat passengers who were killed in crashes were almost
twice as likely as front seat passengers to be unbuckled.
During Thanksgiving in Illinois last year, 15 people died in
motor vehicle traffic crashes and nine of those deaths involved
a drinking driver. In addition, 743 people were injured. Many
tragedies could have been prevented if all motorists had made
the right choices before hitting the road.
For more information about the Click It or Ticket safety belt
enforcement campaign please visit
www.buckleupillinois.org. Additional information about the
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign can be found at