MySuburbanLife.com reports that the Lemont Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, as well as, more than 500 law enforcement agencies in supporting the “Click It or Ticket” safety belt campaign throughout the month of May.
In a statement released by the Lemont Police Sergeant, our Chicago car accident attorneys learned that as of January 1, everyone – no matter what age or seating position – is required to wear a safety belt during vehicle operation. The Lemont Police Department will be participating in the campaign from May 11 through May 28.
Harrowing statistics provided by the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that 130,854 passenger vehicle occupants were killed from 2006 – 2010 and over half of these occupants were unrestrained.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the “Click It or Ticket” program originated in the early 1990s in North Carolina where the state ultimately saw an increase in seat belt use by 20 percent in two years. From there, numerous state around the country – including Illinois – began enacting similar campaigns and programs.
NHTSA.gov reveals that the specific message behind “Click It or Ticket” is supported by strategic communications including paid advertising and earned media, ultimately helping produce substantial increase in seat belt use in a growing number of States.
Our Chicago accident lawyers learned that in the past five years, the seat belt use rate has remained at or above 80 percent with many attributing this to the likelihood that most non-seat belt users are people who fear the threat of punishment more than the prospect of death or injury. As a result, States and communities are encouraged to step up their seat belt enforcement efforts and keep delivering the ‘Click It or Ticket’ message to boost compliance with the law.
Any Chicago car accident attorney will tell you that Illinois began the “Click It or Ticket” campaign in 2000 and so far the safety belt usage rate has increased 22 percent – an estimated 4,335 lives have been saved over those ten years. According to BuckleUpIllinois.org, in 2010, the safety belt usage rate in Illinois for front seat occupants in 92.6 percent.
Additional aspects of the Illinois’ campaign include holding two “Click It or Ticket” campaigns each year. The first campaign takes place in the weeks leading up to Memorial Day weekend while the second one surrounds the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. The minimum penalty for a seat belt violation in Illinois is $60. However, the price may be higher depending on the particular county you received the ticket in and their court costs.