Ill. increases fight against drunk driving, seat belt law violators over Labor Day weekend | News
(KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and almost 350 local law enforcement agencies will be increasing patrol activities for the Labor Day weekend to make Illinois roads safer for the holiday.
Through Sept. 3, police will be cracking down on impaired driving and seat belt law violations by conducting over 200 road safety checks and hundreds of additional impaired driving and seat belt saturation patrols. Drivers are being reminded to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket."
“IDOT is committed to improving safety on Illinois roadways, protecting innocent motorists from those who make the wrong choice to drink and drive, and driving zero fatalities to reality,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “This Labor Day weekend, law enforcement across the state is cracking down on impaired drivers and seat belt law violators, as it is proven this approach consistently and effectively improves traffic safety, prevents motor vehicle crashes and fatalities as well as minimizes potential injuries on Illinois roadways.”
According to data from IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety, last year in Illinois, nine people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the Labor Day weekend (6 p.m. Friday before Labor Day to 11:59 p.m. on Labor Day). Of those fatalities, three occurred in crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle operator who had been drinking alcohol. Likewise, during the 2011 Labor Day weekend, 709 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Data for the Labor Day weekend over the past 5 years (2007-2011) show a total of 62 roadway fatalities in which 23, or 37 percent, involved a driver or motorcycle operator who had been drinking.
IDOT and law enforcement held several press conferences across the state Wednesday to highlight the importance of safe driving practices for the holiday weekend, and also demonstrated what occurs during a traffic stop involving a DUI arrest.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” mobilizations are funded with federal traffic safety dollars and administered by IDOT. The campaign features stepped-up enforcement supported by an intensive two-week media campaign intended to deter individuals from driving impaired.
For more information on Illinois’ traffic safety efforts, please visit www.trafficsafety.illinois.gov.
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