Arrive Safely This Thanksgiving: Buckle Up Whiteside County

As millions of motorists hit the road to celebrate Thanksgiving, Illinois law enforcement will be working around the clock to make sure holiday travelers are buckled up  and driving safely. Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation and the  Illinois State Police to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” 

The goal of this highvisibility effort is to reduce motor vehicle crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities. Correct seatbelt use is the most effective way to protect vehicle occupants. According to IDOT, the statewide seatbelt usage rate is at 93%

“Wearing your seat belt is second nature for most,said Sheriff John F. Booker. “Were looking for the 7% of Illinois motorists who skip this lifesaving step.” 

Drivers and passengers can expect a ticket from Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office if they are spotted without a seat belt. Steppedup patrols and seat belt enforcement zones will be seen throughout Whiteside County and the state November 18th thru the 28th

If youll be celebrating with alcohol or other impairing substances, please remember: 

Plan for a sober ride home before you go out. . If youve been drinking or using marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass  transit, or call a family member to get you home safelyUse your favorite rideshare service, such as Uber or Lyft, or use public transportationIf you see a drunk driver, pull over safely and call 911Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is the best defense  against an impaired driver

The Thanksgiving enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation

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