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Starting June 17 through July 6, the Evanston Police Department is increasing traffic enforcement to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.”
“We want the act of buckling up to become automatic to all drivers and passengers,” said Traffic Sergeant T. Williams. “’Click It or Ticket’ isn’t about citations – it’s about saving lives. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%. Seat belts save lives every day, but they’re only effective if they’re used.”
Fourth of July weekend is a very busy weekend, and a popular time for traveling to visit family and friends. Whether traveling down the block or across the country, drivers and passengers should buckle up every time.
While Illinois currently has a 94.6% seat belt use compliance rate, unbelted occupants still account for more than half of those killed in motor vehicle crashes. The simple click of a seat belt could save thousands of lives each year.
The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds.