Before You Hit the Road This Thanksgiving: Click It or Ticket
Naperville Police encourage drivers to drive sober and buckle up every trip, every time
Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel time of the year, putting more people
on the road and increasing the likelihood of crashes. That’s why the Naperville Police Department is joining forces with state and local agencies to save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt and impaired driving laws with special patrols during the week of Thanksgiving.
“Whether you’re going across town or across the state this Thanksgiving, please make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seat belt. By law in Illinois, drivers and all passengers must wear a seat belt no matter what seating position,” said Naperville Police Sgt. Derek Zook.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved the lives of more than 13,941 passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older nationwide in 2015.
In 2014 in the United States, more than 341 people were killed in crashes on Thanksgiving weekend alone. Fifty percent of those killed that weekend were not wearing seat belts.
“More than half the drivers and passengers being killed in crashes are not wearing seat belts, and that’s a major problem,” said Sgt. Zook. “We want people to enjoy the holidays safely, so our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing a seat belt and arrest those choosing to drive impaired.”
The Naperville Police Department encourages all motorists to buckle up and encourage loved ones to do the same. You will save the cost of a ticket, and you may save a life in the process.
This enforcement campaign is being conducted in participation with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies statewide. Visit www.buckleupillinois.org for more information about the Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns.
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.