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Area police departments announce Memorial Day 2021 traffic campaigns

Now through Memorial Day weekend, area police agencies are reminding drivers to “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

DeKalb and Sycamore police officers will step up enforcement for drunk driving and seat belt violations with the upcoming holiday weekend marking the unofficial start of summer and a popular time for traveling to visit family and friends, according to Monday news releases from both police agencies.

“We want the act of buckling up to become automatic to all drivers and passenger,” police officials said in both news releases. “‘Click It or Ticket’ isn’t about citations – it’s about saving lives. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%. Seat belts save lives every day but they’re only effective if they’re used.”

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois currently has a 94.9% seat belt use compliance rate. However, unbuckled drivers and passengers still make up more than half of those killed in motor vehicle crashes.

The traffic enforcement campaign is administered by IDOT with federal highway safety funds, according to the releases.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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