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Click It or Ticket This Memorial Day Weekend

The Monmouth Police Department will be out patrolling heavy this Memorial Day weekend as part of the national ‘Border to Border’ campaign to enforce seatbelts and road safety laws, says Police Chief Joe Switzer:

“We will have extra officers out, specifically targeting seatbelt usage, cellphone usage, DUI’s, and speeding.”

The ‘Border to Border’ campaign is financed through the Illinois Department of Transportation Traffic Safety program.

**Written by WMOI/WRAM Director of Communications Kelsey Crain**

 The Monmouth Police Department today announced it is stepping up enforcement for the Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” campaign which runs through May 31st and reminds motorists to buckle up. “Click It or Ticket” focuses on safety education and law enforcement support to save lives.

“Seat belts have proven to be one of the best ways to save your life in a crash,” said Chief Switzer.  “Unfortunately, many still don’t buckle up. Worse yet, not wearing a seat belt is a habit that can be passed on to younger generations who follow the example of others.”

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, a popular time for traveling to visit family and friends. Whether you are traveling down the block or across the country, make sure you 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’re only effective if they’re used.

While Illinois currently has a 93.5% seat belt use compliance rate, unbelted 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 each year.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds.

Any questions can be directed to Chief Joe Switzer, 309-734-8383.

***Courtesy of the Monmouth Police Department***

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