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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, travelers will hit Illinois roads to visit and celebrate with family and friends.
Lombard Police are reminding all travelers to buckle up, whether they are heading across the state or just across town, to ensure a safe arrival and a happy holiday.
“The risk of being involved in a serious or deadly vehicle crash increases with the number of travelers on the roadways, and the long Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year,” said Lombard Traffic Unit Officer Paula Rojas. “I urge everyone traveling on our state’s roads this holiday season to drive carefully, do not drive impaired, and always buckle up – day or night.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when a front-seat occupant of a passenger vehicle wears a seat belt properly, the risk of fatal injury goes down by 45 percent. Yet many people still choose to not buckle up, and roughly half of our state’s and nation’s roadway fatalities involve unbelted drivers and passengers.
“Seat belts are the single most important safety device in your vehicle. They have saved countless lives and prevented countless numbers of injuries over the years,” said Rojas. “They are designed to work with your vehicle’s technology and keep you safe in the event of a crash. “We are proud to support the Illinois Department of Transportation’s mission of Driving Zero Fatalities to a Reality by encouraging all our residents to wear their seat belts and designate a sober driver.”
Illinois motorists should be reminded of the law that took effect in 2012 requiring everyone, no matter the age or seating position, to wear a seat belt. Children are required to ride in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8. Advocates still recommend that children use these seats beyond that age, until the seat belt fits properly as designed for adult occupants.
“For those people who already buckle up every time, thank you,” said Lombard Police Chief Raymond Byrne. “For them, this campaign serves as a reminder. But for those who still don’t use their seat belts, please know that even good drivers aren’t guaranteed a safe trip.”
Nov. 14-27 is the Illinois Click It or Ticket campaign. Buckle up, drive sober, and encourage your loved ones to do the same. Wearing your seat belt is your best defense against an impaired, distracted or reckless driver. For more information about the “Click It or Ticket” or “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns, visit www.idot.illinois.gov and www.villageoflombard.org/drivingsafety.