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250 Seat Belt Citations Handed Out During Wheaton Traffic Mobilization

Submitted by the Wheaton Police Department. 

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.      
ANN MARIE June 02, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Why did it take a grant from IDOT for the officers to issue tickets for non compliance with seat infractions?? I am puzzled at the irony that we used tax payer money to set up road blocks to issue tickets.... could this not have been set up by the Wheaton PD on their own?? How about that idea?
JanS June 02, 2014 at 10:17 PM
My reaction to the "grant" is to grab my other pocket. Now I know the city looks at it as new money. And I know the city made money on all those tickets they wrote. But, does it actually save any lives? Or is it just big brother pushing people around because they can? I really wish government agencies would stop taking grants from other government agencies. 1. It is still TAXPAYER money. 2. It always comes with strings attached. 3. If it is not worth spending their own budget, it is not worth doing.
Max Smart June 03, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Typical. Instead of cutting cost, they just TAKE more of what is not theirs. That is what government does.

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