Seatbelt crackdown runs through May

May 14, 2009 2:38:07 PM PDT
Last year, seatbelt usage in Illinois hit an all time high of just over 90 percent. And drivers might want to keep it up. That's because police will be out for the next two weeks aggressively checking to make sure drivers are buckled up.

The Click It or Ticket enforcement blitz begins Friday and runs through May 31. One area of major concern is at night when seatbelt usage drops.

"The greater risk of being killed is so much higher because drunk drivers are out there, aggressive drivers are out there. There's just a lot of issues like that. ... fatal car crashes," said Michael Witter, NHTSA regional administrator.

Witter says, in 2007, seatbelts saved 436 lives in Illinois.


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