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Police departments to have extra enforcement for holiday weekend

Published: Friday, May 23, 2014 10:34 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014 10:59 p.m. CDT

Area police departments will have extra enforcement during the holiday weekend.

As part of a Click It or Ticket Campaign paid for by the Illinois Department of Transportation, police departments such as Algonquin, Lake in the Hills and the McHenry County Sheriff's Department, have been "strongly enforcing seat belt laws," 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," said Lake in the Hills Police Chief Dave Brey in a news release. "Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone, front or back seat, who is not wearing a seat belt."

The campaign started earlier this month, and runs through Memorial Day.

During Memorial Day weekend last year, three people died, and 600 people were injured on roads in the state, according to IDOT. Two of the deaths were alcohol-related; IDOT added that wearing a seat belt is the best defense against an impaired driver.

In 2012, it became mandatory in the state, that all drivers and passengers, no matter where in the car they are seated, must wear seat belts.

According to a 2013 IDOT observational survey, rear occupants wore seat belts 77.4 percent of the time. Those in the driver or front passenger seats wore seat belts 93.7 percent of the time.

In 2012, back seat passengers in the state accounted for 46 fatalities and more than 5,000 injuries. Out of the 46 deaths, 30 of the passengers were not wearing seat belts, according to a news release.

"Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists still are not buckling up, especially in the back seat," said Algonquin Sgt. Jeff Sutrick, in a news release.

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