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Memorial Day Mobilization for Safe Driving May 11 - 28

5/7/2012

Area law enforcement is stepping up its fight against impaired driving and safety belt law violators with a Memorial Day Mobilization stretching from May 11 - 28. Provisional numbers show that 13 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes in Illinois during the 2011 Memorial Day holiday weekend. Six of those deaths involved alcohol. More than 700 people were injured in crashes that weekend.

More facts about impaired driving and safety belt usage:

  • Late-night hours are the most dangerous driving hours, when the highest percentage of motorists die in alcohol-involved crashes. Safety belt usage is also the lowest in this timeframe.
  • Law enforcement will be out in force day and night - if you are not wearing your safety belt, the minimum fine you will pay is $60.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.
  • Motorists are reminded that a new law took effect January 1, 2012 requiring everyone, no matter the age or seating position, to wear a safety belt. Children are required to ride in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8.
  • The best defense against an impaired driver is a safety belt. Buckle up, every trip, every time, every vehicle, every position.
  • If you drink, designate a sober driver.

Join the campaign! Visit www.buckleupillinois.org to join the campaign to save lives, or contact our local Traffic Safety Liaison, Melanie Wingo, at mwingo@ilchiefs.org.