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Posted on: May 18, 2017

Orland Park Police Join Statewide Campaign to Promote Safety Belt Use

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The Orland Park Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists to “click it or ticket.” 

“Memorial Day Weekend is the official beginning of summer in Orland Park,” said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee. “This year we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Centennial Park Aquatic Center and will add the names of 37 veterans to the village’s wall on Memorial Day. We want everyone to have a safe holiday weekend.”

The national seat belt enforcement campaign will take place May 15-30, concurrent with Memorial Day Weekend, one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year. The program enforces seat belt and car seat use to keep all motorists safe.

“Driver safety is our top priority as we approach Memorial Day weekend and the start of summer in Orland Park,” said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. “With so many families traveling, we want to make sure that people remember to buckle up, use car seats and be careful when traveling.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 43 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. That percentage increases to 57 percent when looking at crashes that occur between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.

One of the primary focuses of this campaign is night time enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be watching for offenders on all shifts.

“Always buckle up when driving and use car seats for little ones,” McCarthy added. “Every vehicle occupant --- front seat and back, child and adult --- needs to buckle up, every trip, every time.”

Further information about the campaign is available at buckleupillinois.org.