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As the busy summer driving season kicks off and the Village of Montgomery motorists hit the roadways for the Memorial Day holiday, it’s important for everyone to buckle up every trip, every time, day and night – no excuses.
Over the years, the Click It or Ticket campaign has saved thousands of lives with the help of law enforcement officers, highway safety officials and safety advocates across the country. Still, an increase in awareness is needed to continuously and positively impact motorist behavior.
While seat belt use in Illinois hit a record high of 93.6 percent in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are still thousands of vehicle drivers and passengers who are not buckling up - and the result can be tragic. NHTSA statistics for 2011 show that nationwide 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes and 52 percent were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Not wearing a seat belt at night is especially dangerous, when the risk of being involved in a crash triples.
That is why the Montgomery Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation and over 500 local, county and state law enforcement agencies in supporting an aggressive national Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign from May 10 through May 27.
It is a simple fix to save your life and the life of a loved one. Encourage your loved ones to always buckle up. As of Jan. 1, 2012, everyone, no matter the age or seating position, is required to wear a seat belt.
So, it begins right here in the Village of Montgomery. Law enforcement will be out in force to show their dedication in eliminating this problem. The goal is for 100 percent of motorists to buckle up. Buckling up costs you nothing, but the costs of NOT buckling up may be a ticket, or worse — your life. Treat this as a potentially life-saving reminder: Click It or Ticket!