Local Police Crack Down on DUI, Seat Belts For Christmas, New Year's Holiday

Local Police Crack Down on DUI, Seat Belts For Christmas, New Year’s Holiday

Kane County police departments today reminded motorists of the dangers of impaired driving as millions of motorists hit the road to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

Illinois law enforcement will be working around the clock to make sure holiday travelers are buckled up and driving safely. From Dec. 16, 2019, through Jan. 2, 2020, additional officers will be assigned to DUI and seat belt enforcement.

The goal is simple: Prevent motor vehicle crashes and resulting injuries. Correct seat-belt use is the most effective way to protect vehicle occupants in a crash.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, the statewide seat-belt usage rate is 95.2 percent, yet unbuckled occupants make up a disproportionately large number of fatalities, representing more than 50 percent of people killed in motor vehicle crashes.

“Wearing your seat belt is second nature for most,” said St. Charles Police Department Cmdr. Rich Clark. “We’re looking for the few Illinois motorists who skip this lifesaving step. During Christmas and New Year’s weekend and throughout the year, motorists on St. Charles roads can expect to be ticketed if they are unbelted or driving impaired or distracted. We want everyone to make it safely to their destinations”

Statistics show that nighttime driving comes with an increased risk for injury or death. Evening hours account for a higher percentage of impaired driving crashes, a higher percentage of fatalities, and a lower percentage of occupants wearing seat belts.

The Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort is funded with federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

SOURCE: St. Charles Police Department, IDOT news releases