As part of the Memorial Day Holiday Illinois Click It or Ticket Campaign, which began May 11 and runs through May 25, the Rosemont Public Safety Department will increase safety patrols on local roads. During the campaign, officers will crack down on drivers and passengers in the front and back seats not wearing a seat belt.
The Rosemont Public Safety Department along with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies across the state will be monitoring roadways day and night as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign.
“Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busy summer driving season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” Rosemont Deputy Chief Kevin Kukulka said. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone, front or back seat, who is not wearing a seat belt.
“Law enforcement will be cracking down on seat belt violators around the clock. Local motorists should be prepared to buckle up,” Kukulka said. “If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket -- not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions.”
Police say in 2013 back seat passengers in Illinois accounted for 48 fatalities overall and more than 7,500 injuries. Out of those 48 fatalities, 24 of them were not wearing their seat belt.
During statewide observational surveys conducted by IDOT in 2014, the overall usage rate for rear seat occupants was 84 percent versus 94.1 percent for drivers and front seat passengers.
As for 2014 roadway fatalities, police say 12 people died on Illinois roads during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. Of those 12 fatalities, three were alcohol-related.
Police also remind motorists that children by law must be in a car seat or booster seat until at least age eight in the state of Illinois and all children younger than 13 must ride in the back seat.