“NSC issues fatality estimates for major holiday periods to draw attention to the need for drivers to exercise safe driving practices, especially when a significant number of drivers are expected to be traveling on our roadways and highways,” said Janet Froetscher, NSC president and CEO.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), both the troopers with the Illinois State Police along with 500+ police officers from local police departments are working together to target people who are violating Illinois seat belt laws. Of particular interest to them: late-night traffic and those vehicles on the road in the late afternoon – both times that statistics show people are most likely to be unbuckled.
The Illinois Click It or Ticket campaigns have been extremely successful in getting people to buckle up, according to IDOT, meaning less people have died in Illinois from traffic accidents since the campaign first started in July 2003.
“Even with 9 out of 10 motorists buckling up in Illinois, far too many people are still dying unbuckled, especially during certain times of the day,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “IDOT, the Illinois State Police and hundreds of great local police and sheriff’s departments are saying today that this needs to change.”
“IDOT is utilizing federal safety dollars to assist Illinois law enforcement to provide more seat belt enforcement. They’ll be out there during rush hour, during the morning commute and during those late night hours when the most unbuckled fatalities occur. If you’re caught unbuckled or driving drunk, you’ll be given a ticket or arrested. It is not about money; it’s not about tickets. It’s about saving lives,” Schneider added.
- Refrain from all cell phone use – both hands-free and handheld – behind the wheel
- Always remember to wear your seat belt and place children in age-appropriate safety seats
- Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
- Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
- Avoid driving while drowsy
- Don’t drink and drive – even moderate consumption of alcohol impairs reaction time and driving judgment