Orland Park Police Join National Effort to Promote Safety Belt Usage

Orland Park Police Join National Effort to Promote Safety Belt Usage
Posted on 05/29/2018

--- The Orland Park Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists to "click it or ticket." The national safety belt enforcement campaign continues through May 29, covering one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.

"The Orland Park Police Department has done a great job with all of its public education programs and promoting safety belt use is always a constant," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "Memorial Day Weekend brings summertime travel and we remind everyone to buckle up no matter where they are seated in the car."

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois has a 93.8% observed seat belt usage rate but a disproportionate number of fatalities involve unbelted motorists and passengers. Of the 1093 traffic deaths in 2017, where restraint use was known, 54% of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

"Our personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up," said Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "It's such a simple and effective way to protect yourself while traveling. With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, we want to be sure that people do everything they can to stay safe if they are in a crash."

Seat belt use drops even more in the evening hours between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. That's why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Motorists not wearing their safety belts will be ticketed and those caught driving impaired will be arrested.

"Safety belts save lives and every vehicle occupant --- front seat and back, child and adult --- needs to remember to buckle up every trip every time," the chief added.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit www.BuckleUpIllinois.org.