Rockford police step up seat belt, impaired driving patrols

Online Staff Report

The Rockford Police Department is reminding residents to fasten their seat belts and drive sober over the Thanksgiving holiday or run the risk of receiving a ticket.

The Rockford Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies across the state to save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt and impaired driving laws.

Members of the Rockford Police Department will be out conducting both seat belt and impaired driving patrols between Nov. 17 and Nov. 30.

As of Jan. 1, 2012, Illinois law requires that all passengers within the vehicle must wear their seat belts, regardless of where they are seated. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois has a 94.1 percent daytime seat belt usage rate. However, far too many drivers and passengers still do not buckle up — especially late at night. During the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Illinois, seven people lost their lives and 723 motorists were injured in motor vehicle crashes — three of those deaths involved alcohol. Remember, wearing your seat belt is your best defense against an impaired driver.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved more than 12,000 lives nationwide in 2012. Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You will save the cost of a ticket — and may save a life.

The Thanksgiving Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety.

Posted Nov. 17, 2014

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