The Click It or Ticket campaign kicks off on May 10 this year. (Photo from Flickr user BradleyGee)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - McLean County Sheriff's police will be among 500 agencies statewide cracking down on drivers who don't buckle up over Memorial Day.
Lt. Brent Wick with the Sheriff's office said starting Friday, May 10 and through Memorial Day, police will be looking for drivers at night who are drinking and driving, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding and kids who aren't buckled up correctly.
"It has a tendency to fall off after the 6 o'clock hour in the evening until about 6 o'clock in the morning," Lt. Wick said. "If someone is not wearing their seatbelt when you pull them over, you don't actually see it through the windshield like you can during the day."
According to IDOT, there were six fatalities in Illinois over Memorial Day weekend last year and almost 600 injuries. Three of those fatalities were alcohol-related.
Wick said May can be a dangerous month for drivers.
"It's kind of the unofficial start to the summer months. It's when everyone is getting out of the house and a lot of people go out and have cook outs," Lt. Wick said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 52 percent of the 21,200 passengers killed in 2011 weren't wearing seatbelts.
Stephanie Pawlowski can be reached at Stephanie.Pawlowski@cumulus.com