Click It or Ticket campaign begins today

By Nick Kovatch on November 18 at 1:21pm

The message is simple: Buckle up!

Illinois State Police in West Central Illinois say they will join the Illinois Department of Transportation and hundreds of other law enforcement agencies statewide for the November 2013 Click It or Ticket campaign. The campaign begins today and continues through December 1st. Patrols will be on the increase looking for motorists and passengers not wearing a seat belt.

Illinois State Police Trooper Michael Kindhart says as the Holiday seasons approach it’s important for everyone to buckle up every trip, every time, day or night.

“Coming into the holidays with Thanksgiving right around the corner leading right into the Christmas break and students being out of school seat belts are one of things that keep you safe in the unforeseen crash,” says Kindhart. “Nobody gets up in the morning and expects to be in a crash that day but seat belts are something that are proven to save lives.”

Kindhart says the cost of a seat belt violation citation can put a damper on your holiday shopping plans.

“Seat belt [citation] for driver or a passenger is at $60 citation,” says Kindhart. “But when we look at parents and even some of the younger teenagers that are transporting children under the age of 18 then it can be a child restraint violation, which is $120.”

Statistics show that those least likely to buckle up are teens; young adults; men; nighttime riders; motorists traveling on rural roads; and people traveling in pickup trucks.