Extra Eyes on the Road

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

Over the next two weeks there will be more eyes on the road making sure the roads are safe. Along with that, some pretty stiff penalties for drivers. Law enforcement agencies kicked off the Click-It-or-Tick-It campaign. Throughout Illinois over 700 law enforcement agencies will be out conducting safety checks on land and by air.

Fatalities were down last year in the Stateline area, but this year the risk increases again. State police expect more of you to be out on the road. Under the Click-It-or-Tick-It campaign law enforcement agencies will be using directed patrol, air speed, and roadside safety checks to watch out for those that are speeding, following too close, improper lane usage and occupant restraint violations.

A seat belt violation will run you about $55, $75 for improper child restraint. This year the pentagon is also helping. Men between the ages of 18 to 34 are considered to be lower belt users especially those in the military. Law enforcement says cars are built safer, so if you buckle up you have a better chance of making it out of a crash.

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Seat Belt Tips

  • A safety belt can only protect you if it is used -- and used properly.

  • Provide enough safety belts for each person traveling in your vehicle. Each person needs his or her own safety belt. Make sure all safety belts are working properly.

  • Ask passengers in the front and rear seats to use their safety belts. Most people will gladly buckle up if the driver asks them to.

  • Do not start your car until all safety belts are fastened.

  • Adjust your safety belt so it fits snugly over your hip bones. It should cross your lap low on the hips, not high across your stomach.

  • A shoulder belt should go over your shoulder and across your body diagonally. It should never be worn under your arm.

Child Restraint Laws

  • Children under the age of four years must be secured in an approved child restraint system, more commonly called a child safety seat.

  • Four and five year-olds must be secured either in a safety seat or by a safety belt.

  • A person or legal guardian of a child under the age of four years is responsible for providing a child safety seat to anyone who transports his or her child.

  • A person who transports another's child under four years of age does not violate the law if the parent or legal guardian fails to provide a child safety seat and none is used.

  • A child with a physical disability, which prevents the use of standard safety seats, is exempt from the provisions of the law if the handicap is duly certified by a physician. A blanket exemption is also granted in case of medical emergency.

Facts

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 100 percent correct use of child safety seats could have prevented nearly 500 deaths and about 56,000 serious injuries to children in the United States in just one year alone.

Source: www.state.il.us/isp/ (Illinois State Police Web site) contributed to this report.


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