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Quincy Police Department offers increased patrols and seat belt enforcement through Nov. 28 – Muddy River News

QUINCY — As millions of motorists take to the streets to celebrate Thanksgiving, so will Illinois law enforcement
working around the clock to ensure that holidaymakers are buckled up and drive safely.

The Quincy Police Department joins the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police in reminding motorists to use “Click It or Ticket.” The aim of these highly visible efforts is to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents and the resulting injuries and fatalities. Proper use of seat belts is the most effective way to protect vehicle occupants. According to IDOT, the nationwide seat belt rate is 93 percent.

In a press release, Det. Gabe VanderBol said, “Buckling in a seatbelt is a given for most people. We’re looking for the 7 percent of Illinois drivers who skip this life-saving step.”

Drivers and passengers can face a ticket from the Quincy Police Department if seen without a seat belt. Reinforced patrols and seat belt enforcement zones will be seen throughout the city of Quincy and state through November 28.

  • If you are partying with alcohol or other impairing substances, please remember:
  • Plan to drive home sober before you go out.
  • If you have been drinking or using marijuana or other drugs, hail a cab, use public transportation, or call a family member to get you home safely.
  • Use your favorite ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft, or use public transportation.
  • Use your community’s designated driver program.
  • If you see a drunk driver, be sure to stop and call 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up. It’s the best defense against an impaired driver.

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

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