Press Release Date:
May 20, 2003
|| Archived May 28, 2003
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today enforcement efforts for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Beginning May 19 and continuing through June 1, Troopers will participate in the Click It or Ticket Mobilization and Buckle Up America! Week, May 19 - 26, which are designed to increase seat belt use. The ISP will also participate in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), May 23 - 26.
“Troopers will join law enforcement officers throughout the state and nation to promote seat belt use and reduce the number of fatalities during the Memorial Day weekend. It is the mission of the Illinois State Police to save lives and keep the highways safe, and we take that job very seriously,” said Illinois State Police Director Larry G. Trent.
The ISP, along with more than 775 law enforcement agencies across the state, will participate in the Click It or Ticket Mobilization by taking a zero tolerance approach to seat belt use. Officers will also promote the use of seat belts during Buckle Up America! Week and throughout the C.A.R.E. enforcement period which is a nationwide effort to reduce crashes and fatalities. Troopers working the patrols will aggressively enforce seat belt, speeding, DUI, and other traffic violations to ensure highway safety during these campaigns.
The ISP offers the following safety tips when traveling:
Always wear your safety belt and make sure passengers are buckled up. Safety belts are the most effective means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in traffic crashes. They are also effective in reducing the effects of the second or “human” collision which occurs when an occupant hits the vehicle’s interior or another passenger.
Don’t drink and drive.
Obey posted speed limits.
Make sure your car is in good mechanical condition by checking the tires, brakes, and lights.
Trent added that Troopers will be assigned to roadside safety checks, lidar and air speed details, s.T.E.P. (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) and concentrated DUI patrols throughout the enforcement periods. Officers normally assigned to administrative duties will participate in C.A.R.E. patrols.
Last year during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, 22 people died on Illinois roadways as a result of 19 crashes.