Click It or Ticket Campaign Reminds Motorists to Buckle Up
Naperville Police wrote 26 seat belt citations during campaign
Between May 22 and June 4, Naperville Police participated in the annual Click It or Ticket high-visibility seat belt enforcement campaign, bringing awareness to area residents and writing 26 citations for seat belt violations in the process.
The campaign, which coincided with one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year, sought to stress the importance of seat belt use through enforcement and community outreach. Click It or Ticket is implemented through the Illinois Department of Transportation and supported by federal highway safety funds.
“It was a successful campaign this year, and we believe we helped save lives through our enforcement efforts,” said Naperville Police Sgt. Derek Zook. “We know seat belts save lives in vehicle crashes. Issuing tickets was not our goal, but it was a way to remind people of the importance of such a simple action.”
According to the latest data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9,874 of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationwide in 2015 were not belted. During this year’s campaign, NHTSA urged law enforcement agencies nationwide to issue seat belt citations to anyone caught in violation of the law — during the day and especially at night, when 57 percent of those killed are unrestrained. By adding patrols at night, and training officers on specific techniques to catch nighttime violators, the campaign was a “major success,” Sgt. Zook said.
Illinois’ seat belt use rate is 93 percent, down from 95.2 percent in 2015. The national seat belt use rate is at 88.5 percent, according to NHTSA’s 2015 data. This Click It or Ticket campaign aims to change the behavior of the millions of people who still don’t buckle up. Thousands of lives could be saved each year if every vehicle occupant was properly restrained when traveling on the road.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit buckleupillinois.org.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.