Lemont police will be cracking down on seat belt violators during a "Click It or Ticket" campaign this month.
The mobilization, which runs May 11 through May 28, is part of a national mobilization of law enforcement agencies and highway safety advocates. During the campaign, the and more than 500 Illinois agencies will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts — both day and night.
As of January 1, everyone, no matter the age or seating position, is required to wear a safety belt.
According to a press release from Lemont Police Sgt. Joe Miller, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.
From 2006 to 2010, 130,854 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States, and more than half (54 percent) were unrestrained, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Men are particularly at risk. In 2010, 66 percent of male teen and young adult (ages 18 to 34) passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt, according to NHTSA.
"Law enforcement will be out in force to show our dedication to eliminating this problem," Miller said in a release. "We want 100 percent of motorists to buckle up. Buckling up costs up nothing, but the costs of not buckling up may be a ticket, or worse—your life."
For more information, contact the Lemont Police Department at 630-257-2229.
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