Peru’s police department on Tuesday announced an increase in law enforcement for the Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” campaign from May 13-31. Motorists are reminded to buckle up. “Click It or Ticket” focuses on safety education and supporting law enforcement to save lives.
“Seat belts have proven to be one of the best ways to save your life in the event of an accident,” said department spokesman Lt. Doug Bernabei. “Unfortunately, many still do not fasten their seat belts. Worse still, not wearing a seat belt is a habit that can be passed on to younger generations who follow the example of their elders.
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, a popular time to travel to visit family and friends. Whether you’re traveling around the neighborhood or across the country, be sure to buckle up every time. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%. Seat belts save lives every day, but they are only effective if they are used.
While Illinois has a 93.5 percent seat belt usage compliance rate, unrestrained occupants still account for more than half of those killed in motor vehicle crashes. The simple click of a seat belt could save thousands of lives every year.
The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal traffic safety funds.