WAUKEGAN – As summer nears and travel increases, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Fox Lake Police Department are partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket.
The seat-belt enforcement campaign will take place through May 28, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year. Click It or Ticket enforces seat-belt and car-seat use to keep all motorists safe.
Illinois has a 93.8% observed seat-belt use rate, but a disproportionate number of fatalities involve unbelted motorists and passengers.
Seat-belt use drops even more in the evening hours between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is night-time enforcement. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be taking a no-excuses approach, writing citations day and night. Motorists caught not buckled up will be ticketed, and those caught driving impaired will be arrested.
Seat belts save lives, and every vehicle occupant – front seat and back, child and adult – needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time. Together, we can make zero fatalities a reality in Illinois.
For information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit www.buckleupillinois.org.