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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2013

2013 Click It or Ticket Memorial Day Mobilization Kicks Off in Illinois
Police step up enforcement 24/7 as IDOT data show unbuckled fatalities increase in late-afternoon hours

Chicago – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced the kickoff of the 2013 Click It or Ticket mobilization, running now through Memorial Day. Young males, 18-34, represented a third of the 955 people who died on Illinois roadways last year, accounting for 317 deaths. Bringing this message home was seat belt advocate, Melissa Ledezma, who discussed her family’s crusade to save lives by wearing seat belts after losing their teenage son in a crash while not buckled up. 

The Illinois State Police and more than 500 local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on seat belt law violators from now through Memorial Day weekend.  During the two-week mobilization, police will be directing extra enforcement of seat belt, impaired driving and other traffic laws during all hours of the day and night, with a large number of patrols occurring during late-night hours. In addition, special emphasis will be placed on late-afternoon hours when data shows unbuckled motor vehicle fatalities begin to rise. 

Data shows that seat belt use begins to decline drastically in the nighttime hours (9pm-6am), but a significant decline in seat belt use begins in the 4pm hour on Illinois roadways. For the five years of 2008 through 2012, during the hours of 7am-3pm, 36 percent of those who died in crashes were not belted. That rises significantly beginning at 4pm when 43 percent of individuals suffering fatal injuries were not properly belted.  Belt use continues to decline well into the night.

For this reason, IDOT, the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies statewide are reminding motorists that seat belt enforcement will be stepped up in the coming weeks. That means, during rush hour, motorists choosing to not buckle up are more likely to receive a ticket.       

Since the Click It or Ticket campaign began in July 2003, seat belt usage has jumped to 93.6 percent in Illinois, one of the nation’s highest seat belt usage rates.  The increase in seat belt use has resulted in thousands of lives saved in that time, and is responsible for a direct decline in Illinois motor vehicle fatalities.

“Even with 9 out of 10 motorists buckling up in Illinois, far too many people are still dying unbuckled, especially during certain times of the day,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “IDOT, the Illinois State Police and hundreds of great local police and sheriff’s departments are saying today that this needs to change.”

“IDOT is utilizing federal safety dollars to assist Illinois law enforcement to provide more seat belt enforcement. They’ll be out there during rush hour, during the morning commute and during those late night hours when the most unbuckled fatalities occur. If you’re caught unbuckled or driving drunk, you’ll be given a ticket or arrested. It is not about money; it’s not about tickets. It’s about saving lives,” Schneider added.

“The Illinois State Police will be joined by all ranks of law enforcement across Illinois to deploy roadside safety checks, seat belt missions and DUI enforcement,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Law enforcement’s collective message is clear, one fatality is one too many, so don’t drink and drive and buckle up.”

More than 1.2 million in federal safety dollars has been made available to the Illinois State Police and more than 540 local law enforcement agencies to provide additional safety belt and drunk driving patrols during the two-week Click It or Ticket mobilization period. These grants fund thousands of seat belt enforcement zones and seat belt saturation patrols. Fifty percent or more of these patrols will occur during nighttime hours (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.). The mobilization also includes drunk driving enforcement with over 50 roadside safety checks. For more information about the Click It or Ticket campaign in Illinois, go to www.buckleupillinois.org.

Illinois Motor Vehicle Fatalities by Time of Day and Safety Belt Use
2008-2012

Hour
Total Fatalities
Fatalities Not Belted
Percent of Hourly Fatals Not Belted
Midnight-12:59am
110
76
69.3%
1:00am-1:59am
126
88
70.0%
2:00am-2:59am
139
83
59.9%
3:00am-3:59am
107
87
81.5%
4:00am-4:59am
80
49
61.4%
5:00am-5:59am
81
40
49.5%
6:00am-6:59am
101
52
51.6%
7:00am-7:59am
91
32
35.2%
8:00am-8:59am
75
42
56.2%
9:00am-9:59am
79
34
30.5%
10:00am-10:59am
90
31
34.5%
11:00am-11:59am
91
31
34.1%
Noon-12:59pm
102
42
41.3%
1:00pm-1:59pm
94
32
34.1%
2:00pm-2:59pm
130
38
29.3%
3:00pm-3:59pm
120
41
34.2%
4:00pm-4:59pm
112
49
43.9%
5:00pm-5:59pm
93
51
55.0%
6:00pm-6:59pm
107
52
48.7%
7:00pm-7:59pm
100
50
50.1%
8:00pm-8:59pm
94
54
57.6%
9:00pm-9:59pm
105
49
46.8%
10:00pm-10:59pm
82
53
64.8%
11:00pm-11:59pm
134
84
62.8%
Totals
2,443
1,233
50.5%

 



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