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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11th, 2012
Christian County Sheriff’s Office joins Click It or Ticket Campaign
To Boost Safety Belt Use – Day and Night
Taylorville, Illinois – Motorists who refuse to wear their safety belt – beware. The 2012 Illinois Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign kicks off May 11 to help save lives by cracking down on those who do not buckle up through the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP) and over 500 local law enforcement agencies across the state to save more lives by strongly enforcing safety belt laws around the clock.
Provisional numbers show that during the 2011 Memorial Day weekend there were 13 fatalities and over 700 injuries on Illinois roadways. Six of those fatalities were alcohol-related. Remember – wearing your safety belt is your best defense against an impaired driver.
Nationwide in 2010, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their safety belts at the time of the fatal crash. This compared to 42 percent during the daytime hours, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their safety belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy,” said Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp. “Our goal is to save more lives, so the Christian County Sheriff’s Office will be out enforcing safety belt laws around the clock.”
During 2010 in Illinois, an average of over 17 unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes each hour between midnight and 3:59 am, compared to an average of less than 10 per hour who were unrestrained and killed during daytime crashes.
Safety belts save thousands of lives across America each year and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office is helping spread the word. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, safety belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.
Yet, too many motorists may need a tough reminder. In 2010, 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 51 percent of them were not wearing safety belts at the time of their fatal crashes.
Men are particularly at risk. In 2010, 66 percent of male teen and young adult (18-34 years-old) passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were not buckled up at the time of the crash – the highest percentage of any age group, according to NHTSA.
“Those who choose not to wear a safety belt will feel the heat from our officers who will be out cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators. Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night,” said Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up…no warnings and no excuses. Click It or Ticket.”
Remember-May is Click It or Ticket time. Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You will save the cost of a ticket and may save a life.
For more information about the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.buckleupillinois.org.
*** Media Note***
Please contact Chief Deputy Bruce Engeling at the Christian County Sheriffs Office, (217) 824-4961 for a media ride-along during a safety belt enforcement zone.