Illinois to enforce seatbelt laws, reduce injuries and fatalities this holiday weekend

Illinois State Police – File Photo Studstill Media

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are teaming with up more than 600 law enforcement agencies throughout the state in the national “Border to Border” mobilization, organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Border to Border harnesses the power of 10,000 agencies across states to increase seat belt use in order to save lives. The program aims to increase seat belt usage by coordinating highly visible enforcement and providing educational materials. Illinois law enforcement will increase patrols and seat belt enforcement zones along major interstates, state border crossings and hundreds of well-traveled local roads through Memorial Day.

“Wearing a seatbelt is a simple action that saves lives. During the Memorial Day weekend, ISP troopers will be on the highways enforcing seatbelt laws in an effort to keep you safe.” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.

Last year’s Memorial Day weekend – the period from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday – saw 11 crashes resulting in 14 fatalities.