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State police remind motorists to buckle up, drive sober on Thanksgiving | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey


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State police are reminding motorists to buckle up and drive sober on Thanksgiving after 10 people were killed in crashes in Illinois last Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police said motorists will see hundreds of additional seat belt enforcement zones and other enforcement patrols.

Officers will be looking for seat belt law violators and drug and alcohol-impaired drivers through Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, some drivers and their passengers will travel without ever buckling their seat belts. Seat belts save lives. It really is that simple,” said IDOT’s Director of Highways Project Implementation Steve Travia.

“Driving distracted or impaired significantly increases the likelihood of a crash and not wearing your seat belt increases your risk of serious injury or death even more,” Travia said.

During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Illinois last year, 10 people were killed in crashes.

“Each year in Illinois, lives are needlessly lost simply because motorists weren’t buckled in. A safety belt can only protect you if it is used – and used properly every time,” said ISP Division of Patrol Col. Christopher Owen.

“Help everyone make it home safely this Thanksgiving holiday. Don’t drive while distracted or impaired, slow down and buckle up,” Owen said.

Illinois has allowed police to issue a citation for not wearing a seat belt in the front seat since 2003.

The state in 2012 began requiring all vehicle occupants to wear seat belts no matter where they are in the vehicle.

Children are required to ride in a child safety seat until at least age eight in Illinois.

The increased traffic enforcement is financed with federal funds administered by IDOT and supported by ISP and law enforcement throughout Illinois.

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