Lemont Police Department will join hundreds of other police departments in enforcing seatbelt laws during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which started May 9. Police Officers will be out working special details enforcing seatbelt usage. In addition, drivers using cell phones while driving will also be targeted.
In Illinois, all drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts in all seating positions in the car—not just the front seat.
Memorial Day weekend starts a busy summer driving season, and Lemont police officers want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound, according to a release from the department.
In 2012, back seat passengers in Illinois accounted for 46 fatalities and more than 5,000 injuries, police said. Out of those 46 fatalities, 30 of them were not wearing their seatbelt.
Lemont Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy reminds everyone “to always buckle up, and put down the cell phone while driving. Nothing is more important than safety while operating a vehicle.”
Seatbelts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists still are not buckling up.