The Wheaton Police Department conducted 34 “Occupant Protection Enforcement Zones” as part of the statewide “Click It or Ticket” mobilization from May 9, 2014 through May 26, 2014.
There were 250 citations issued for failing to wear a seatbelt, 9 citations issued for failure to secure a child, and 50 citations issued for operating a motor vehicle while on a cell phone.
The City of Wheaton received a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety, to fund this holiday enforcement effort.
The goal of the effort is to boost the state’s safety belt use rate and reduce fatalities and serious injuries. Safety belt use is important for all motor vehicle occupants. Motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are the leading cause of death for people ages 5 to 24.
The Wheaton Police Department wants everyone on the road to know that they are more at risk of suffering a serious injury or death if they do not buckle up.