Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 5 to 24, according to a release from the . During the 2010 Memorial Day Weekend in Illinois, there were 14 fatal vehicle accidents and 538 injury accidents that contributed to the death of 16 persons and caused injuries to 799 individuals.
That year, Illinois had a total of 88,937 persons injured in crashes and 927 persons killed in 858 fatal motor vehicle crashes. Each fatality was estimated to cost $1,290,000 and the cost per nonfatal disabling injury was estimated to be $67,800 in 2010.
Changing public attitudes to ensure that people wear their seat belts and use child safety seats for their children will save many lives. Visible enforcement programs focusing on these violations offer the greatest potential for changing these behaviors.
The in their continued efforts to promote traffic safety will be participating in the Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Memorial Day Holiday Weekend campaign.
Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a two-week campaign focusing on seatbelt use and intoxicated motorists beginning Friday, May 11 through May 28, 2012.
The Grayslake Police Department will be increasing their patrols in participation of this event to promote the following goals:
- To reduce the number of severe injury and fatal traffic crashes
- To increase enforcement of occupant restraint, impaired driving and speed laws
- To achieve a higher use of safety belts, child safety seats, booster seats, and motorcycle helmets
- To achieve a lower incidence of impaired driving involved injuries and fatalities
The Grayslake Police Department encourages motorists to wear their seatbelt at all times. Wearing a seatbelt helps reduce the chances of injury or fatality in the event of a crash.
Don't forget - seatbelt use in Illinois is mandatory and a primary offense, meaning an officer can stop a motorist for this violation alone.