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Click It or Ticket & You Drink & Drive. You Lose

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Press Release Date: June 26, 2000    || Archived October 3, 2002
CHICAGO, IL – More than 325 Illinois law enforcement agencies will launch a second major enforcement blitz as part of the statewide crackdown, Click It or Ticket. The campaign, designed to convince motorists to buckle-up their children and themselves every time they get in a car, coincides with the nationwide campaign You Drink & Drive. You Lose. The message is simple -- Illinois law enforcement will take a zero tolerance approach to seat belt violators and impaired drivers.
 

The Fourth of July holiday and summer vacation season are times for relaxation and celebration, however, they must be done responsibly and safely. If you drink, don't drive, and always buckle-up your children and yourself every time you get in a car. And remember, the only defense you have against a drunk or otherwise impaired driver is your seat belt.
 

During the Click It or Ticket enforcement period, law enforcement will be out in full force to stop seat belt violators and impaired drivers. Enforcement activities will include saturation patrols, roadside safety checks, and stepped-up enforcement.
 

The first Click It or Ticket enforcement period, which ran from May 22 through June 4, can only be described as an unqualified success. The media promoted the message that law enforcement would take a zero tolerance approach to unbuckled motorists, and law enforcement backed that up by issuing more than 11,000 citations in the two-week period.
 

The most important statistic of all, however, is that during the Memorial Day weekend, fatalities decreased to 16 compared to 20 killed last year.
 

It is not law enforcement's goal during the two-week blitz to write hundreds of safety belt tickets and arrest DUI offenders. However, if that is what it takes to save lives . . . so be it. The second Illinois Click It or Ticket Mobilization began June 26 and runs

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