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Oswego Police Announce Zero-Tolerance Seat Belt Enforcement

May 04, 2014 01:30PM ● By Steven Jack

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If you think you can travel in Illinois over Memorial Day without wearing your seat belt, think again. The 2014 Illinois Click it or Ticket campaign kicks off May 9.

The Oswego Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies across the state to save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws. 

“Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busy summer driving season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” said Oswego Police Capt. Jeff Burgner. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone, front or back seat, who is not wearing a seat belt.”

In 2012, back seat passengers in Illinois accounted for 46 fatalities and over 5,000 injuries. Out of those 46 fatalities, 30 of them were not wearing a seat belt. 

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists still are not buckling up, especially in the back seat,” Burger said. “Our goal is to save more lives, so Oswego Police will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock, looking for those who are not buckled up, in all seating positions. If you are caught not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”

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