This Memorial Day, click it – don’t take any chances

Peru, Illinois – Summer is just around the corner, and while travel plans may vary, one thing remains constant: the need to wear your seat belt. With this in mind, Peru’s police announced today that they are increasing enforcement efforts over the Memorial Day weekend to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.”

“Whether you’re driving around the corner or across the country, remember to buckle up every time,” said department spokesman Lt. Doug Bernabei. “The ‘Click It or Ticket’ effort is about saving lives. We want the use of seat belts to become second nature for all drivers and passengers.”

The consequences of not wearing a seat belt or wearing it incorrectly are clear. In 2022, Illinois had 300 fatalities involving unrestrained passengers. Seat belts only save lives if they are used. Unfortunately, some people still don’t like to put on their seat belts.

Nationally, it is estimated that 91.9% of people use seat belts, while Illinois has a 93% seat belt compliance rate. The simple click of a seat belt can reduce injury or save your life during an accident.

Remember to click ‘Click It or Ticket’ day or night, every trip, every time.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is funded by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation