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Woodstock police to target seat belt violations during Memorial Day Weekend

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 11:22 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:18 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock Police Department is encouraging residents to buckle up during the Memorial Day weekend.

Along with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and hundreds of local law enforcement, Woodstock police are starting the 2014 Click It or Ticket campaign on May 19, according to a news release.

“Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busy summer driving season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” Woodstock Sgt. Rob Pritchard said in the release. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone, front or back seat, who is not wearing a seat belt.”

Illinois drivers and passengers are required to wear a seat belt in all positions of the car after the law went into effect in January 2012.

In 2012, back seat passengers in Illinois accounted for 46 fatalities and more than 5,000 injuries, accord to the release. Thirty of the 46 killed were not wearing a seat belt.

In 2013, the overall usage rate for rear seat occupants was 77.4 percent, compared to 93.7 percent for drivers and front seat passengers, according to observational surveys conducted by IDOT.

During the 2013 Memorial Day Weekend there were three fatalities and nearly 600 injuries on Illinois roads.

The Click it or Ticket campaign runs from May 19 through May 26.

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists still are not buckling up, especially in the back seat,” Pritchard said. “Our goal is to save more lives, so the Woodstock Police Department will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock, looking for those who are not buckled up, in all seating positions. If you are caught not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”

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